It’s a songful weekend at the Dakota. Local favorite Patty Peterson—always entertaining and always on key—joins forces with Fred Steele for two nights of gospel-tinged jazz and blues (5/22-23). Rounding out the long weekend, award-winning journalist turned jazz singer Rondi Charleston returns Sunday night (5/24) with most of the band that recorded In My Life, her new CD/DVD release. The DVD was recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, while the CD is a pristine studio effort. Her repertoire includes a few favorite standards, less familiar covers and some of her own compositions. While Rondi may be relatively new to the jazz circuit, she has a long history of vocal and drama studies as well as a former career as an investigative reporter. Uncovering stories as a journalist is apparently good experience for uncovering the story in a lyric. Saxophonist Joel Frahm has an uncanny rapport with Rondi; drummer Alvester Garnett and guitarist Dave Stryker also return from her 2007 tour, but I will miss pianist Bruce Barth and flautist Hadar Noiberg (both appear on the recordings).
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