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Jazz Music Vocalist Rondi Charleston, CD Release, Joe’s Pub, NY, May 26


Jazz music vocalist and songwriter Rondi Charleston ( celebrates the release of her new jazz CD, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, on Motema Music ( with a New York jazz performance on May 26, 2011, at 7:00 PM at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street, New York City, 212-539-8778 ( Charleston will showcase jazz music from her debut album on Motema, with her New York jazz group including accompanists Dave Stryker, guitar; Lynne Arriale, piano; James Genus, bass; Clarence Penn, drums; Brandon McCune, piano; and Mayra Casales, percussion. Who Knows Where The Time Goes is Rondi’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed jazz CD release In My Life From 2008.

Rondi Charleston, who has garnered the accolades of a group of noteworthy jazz music critics, is a natural storyteller. This jazz vocalist and noted Emmy and Peabody-winning investigative journalist, worked alongside Diane Sawyer at TV’s PrimeTime Live. It was there that Charleston had ample opportunity to fine-tune her storytelling skills to prepare for her burgeoning contributions in jazz music and her debut on the New York jazz scene. Her new jazz CD release, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, is the product of blending her diverse careers in music, notably jazz music, and media. It is this collection of songs that form the centerpiece of her upcoming New York jazz show at Joe’s Pub. Her repertoire of songs she has composed embody honest words, skillful writing, and intelligent music – and her style assimilates the best of the Great American Songbook and the simplicity in rendering a Top 40 pop tune.

Noted New York jazz journalist, Will Friedwald called Charleston “an outstanding contemporary jazz singer and an even better songwriter … she has created one of the better jazz vocal albums you are likely to hear right now.” Downbeat Magazine wrote: “Rondi Charleston is one of those rare artists for whom a song’s meaning is as important as it’s melody…Her personal, thought-provoking, original songs slow the heartbeat and raise the mental senses with a documentarian’s acuity.”

While the New York jazz arena is home base, jazz vocalist Charleston is a Chicago native. Her luminous sound, her lithe and flexible rhythmic sense, and her rich timbral quality are immediately recognizable, and characterize her performance on the new jazz CD. Her artistic consistency is apparent whether confessing the longings of “Please Send Me Someone to Love” or demonstrating her power on originals, “Dance of Time,” the remarkable tale of “Land of Galilee”, or reflections on the heart-wrenching ancestral journey in “Your Spirit Lingers.”

Jana Herzen, owner of the New York jazz music record label Motéma Music ( said of Rondi’s signing, “I treasure her passion, vision and talent for perceiving and telling compelling, universal stories. The arts for me are all about the journey, and Rondi has much to share on that front.”

For more information, visit jazz vocalist Rondi Charleston online at


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