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Jane Monheit honors Ella Fitzgerald

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Jane Monheit performs at the opening night of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: Broadway & Beyond on Nov. 15, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
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Today's Morning Edition music is from jazz vocalist Jane Monheit with "I Used to be Colorblind."  It's off her latest album "The Songbook Sessions," which is a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.  

Monheit rose to success as a young singer in the late '90s. She says it was hearing Fitzgerald's music that convinced her to be a jazz musician, and she's long wanted to honor that influence in some way.

This song is the one song she just had to learn for the project.  Her grandfather urged her to include it. He was one of her biggest fans, but passed away during the recording of the album and never got to hear the final version.  

Monheit is performing Tuesday night and Wednesday night at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis.