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Hearing a hitherto unknown vocalist for the first time in live performance is a little like a blind date. Hopes are high, introductions can be awkward. Rondi Charleston dropped onto the LA jazz scene for a Thursday night date at Catalina, celebrating her new CD, Who Knows Where The Time Goes. Backed by a stellar quartet that featured pianist Lynne Arriale and guitarist Dave Stryker, she began with a couple of blithe runs through Jobim’s “Wave” and the Loesser/Lane standard “I Hear Music,” familiarizing herself with the room’s sometimes challenging acoustics before settling in with more intimate material.
Charleston has an intriguing background, having grown up in Chicago’s Hyde Park (University of Chicago) the daughter of an English professor (her father) and singer /voice teacher (her mother). She attended Julliard at 16 and later earned a Masters in journalism at NYU before working as a reporter for ABC News in New York, moonlighting as a vocalist and then embracing music full time.