Jane Monheit 

Saturday, November 5; Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard)

There is one universal jazz truth: Ella Fitzgerald was the First Lady of song. Thanks to her effortless vocals, she could master any piece -- classic or new -- at the drop of a B-flat. Contemporary artists taking on classic jazz standards have suffered the impossible task of finding a First Daughter, but lo and behold, Jane Monheit -- a mere 28 years young -- is up to the challenge. She is an Aphrodite-reminiscent jazz goddess for the Gen X set, blithely warbling her way from alto to mezzo with the magnetism of a Siren. Past albums have showcased her revitalizing interpretations of Cole Porter, while the vocal charisma on her newly released holiday disc, The Season, could charm the velvet pants off Santa. Ella would be proud.

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $45; call 314-533-9900 for more information.

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