Hot House May 2018

Hot House

A wonderfully versatile vocalist, Rondi Charleston has carved out for herself a delightful niche at an intersection of swinging standards, sultry torch songs and R&B-inflected fare. Capable of delivering ballads with a supremely velvet-coated intimacy and lush vibrato, Rondi also possesses the ample chops and vocal technique to deliver fast vocalese lines that enliven uptempo hard bop works. However, the space where she has proven her artistic mettle most uniquely lies in her songwriting. There, she has beautifully crafted stirring and memorable melodic fare paired with emotionally compelling lyrics, supremely highlighted in the originals on her 2017 release Resilience. Indeed, not since Abbey Lincoln have we seen a jazz vocalist with such consistently stirring original works; any performance by Rondi is well worth attending.

“Signs of Life” JazzTimes Review


Rondi Charleston is a superb interpreter of everything from Johnny Mercer to Stevie Wonder has been proven time and again over the past dozen years. But her four previous albums have only hinted at what the remarkable Signs Of Life fully reveals: that she is a songwriter whose poetic, narrative, and compositional skills are comparable to such modern masters as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon. – Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes

New York Daily News: Top Ten Pick for “Signs Of Life”

Daily News

Top 10 Picks in Music Jazz singer Rondi Charleston has a thick and tawny voice that has caused many to compare her to Abbey Lincoln. Her flair for lazy Sunday ballads deepens the connection but the huskiness of her timbre has its own “DNA.” – Jim Farber, New York Daily News

Hot House Review!

Hot House

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. – George Kanzler, Hot House

Rondi Charleston – Time Traveler


Rondi Charleston is one of those rare artists for whom a song’s meaning is as important as its melody. Her personal, thought–provoking, original songs slow the heartbeat and raise the mental senses with a documentarian’s acuity. - Ken Micallef, Downbeat