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Singer Songwriter Rondi Charleston Chicago Mayne Stage Debut Benefits Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang

Singer Songwriter, Jazz Music Vocalist Rondi Charleston, Debut Performance October 13, at Mayne Stage, Chicago, Benefits Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp


Singer Songwriter, Jazz music vocalist and recording artist for Motema Music (  Rondi Charleston ( makes her debut performance at Mayne Stage in Chicago (, 1328 West Morse Avenue, 773-381-4554), Thursday evening, October 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM, with special guest pianist Lynne Arriale, in a benefit for Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang which was founded in 1988, and is a non-profit, year-round center serving children and their families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. All services they provide are free of charge. Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Charleston’s latest CD release focuses on the art of storytelling through soulful ballads. Bolstered by degrees from Juilliard in classical music, the former PrimeTime Live and NBC News journalist developed her storytelling aptitude under the pressures and deadlines of network television. She will be accompanied by her All Star jazz music band featuring Dave Stryker, guitar; Lynne Arriale, piano; Ed Howard, bass; Anthony Pinciotti, drums.

The series of benefit performances by singer songwriter Rondi Charleston continue through October with performances on October 10 at Dakota Jazz Club ( in Minneapolis, Minnesota; October 13 at Mayne Stage ( in Chicago, Illinois; October 20 at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro (, New Orleans, Louisiana; October 25 at Reinhardt University (, Waleska, Georgia; October 28 at Princess Theater (,  Winnsboro, LA; and Acadiana Center For The Arts (, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Charleston, who makes New York home-base for her activities as a singer songwriter and in the jazz music arena, is a native of Chicago. A natural storyteller, Rondi Charleston, has attracted the accolades of a group of noteworthy jazz music journalists. She is an Emmy and Peabody-winning investigative journalist who worked alongside Diane Sawyer at TV’s PrimeTime Live, where she fine-tuned her storytelling skills.

Her new jazz CD release, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, showcasing her creativity as a singer songwriter and in jazz music is the product of blending her diverse careers in media and music - notably jazz music and as a singer songwriter. The repertoire of songs she has composed embodies honest words, skillful writing, and intelligent music - and her style assimilates the best of the Great American Songbook and the simplicity of a Top 40 pop tune. She is noted for her luminous sound, her lithe and flexible rhythmic sense, and her rich timbral quality.

Downbeat Magazine wrote: “A rare artist for whom a song’s meaning is as important as its melody.”

Jazz Inside Magazine stated about Ms. Charleston: “The world of jazz has embraced her with open arms.”

For more information, visit jazz vocalist Rondi Charleston online at


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