Rondi Charleston – Biography

Rondi - hand chin“Utterly Delightful! She works her way into her listeners hearts, and her emotional range is wide. She is in tune with herself and her material and is a joy to hear! – Will Crutchfield, New York Times.

Motéma Music recording artist, Rondi Charleston, is an award winning jazz singer/lyricist/composer whose work has appeared in film, TV and on stage throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Her most recent album, Signs of Life, climbed the Jazz Week charts for ten consecutive weeks and has critics raving; Jazz Times proclaims: “she is a songwriter whose poetic, narrative, and compositional skills are comparable to such modern masters as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.”

Touring in support of Signs of Life, Rondi and her all-star band have given sold out performances from coast to coast – from Yoshi’s in San Francisco, to Mayne Stage in Chicago, to Joe’s Pub in New York. Along the way, Rondi has appeared as a featured guest on such prestigious television – PBS Chicago Tonight, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC Windy City Live.

She has collaborated with some of the foremost jazz luminaries of our time including Fred Hersch, Lynne Arriale and Dave Stryker. Rondi was chosen for the Women in Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has played Birdland and BlueNote with her quartet in New York City. In addition, Rondi is a Juilliard graduate as well as an Emmy and Peabody award winning journalist at ABC News Primetime Live.

These are some of the most memorable new songs to come from a jazz singer since Abbey Lincoln. Charleston delivers vocal artistry at the highest level on this collection – Hot House Jazz – George Kanzler

Her original song, “The Cave Knows”, for the film, No Place on Earth, is in current worldwide theatrical release.

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