Jazz Vocalist, Rhonda Robinson
Baltimore, MD based jazz vocalist/flutist Rhonda Robinson performs with a number of ensembles. She leads her own straight ahead group, the Rhonda Robinson Quartet, and has performed at the Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival, New Haven Lounge, Louies Café, Baltimore City Community College, Charles Village Festival, Village Learning Place, Heritage CinemaHouse, Nicks Place, and the Bottom Floor Concert Series among others. Her CD Standard Fair is featured on jazz radio, WEAA, 88.9 FM. She is a key member of Kuumba Collective, a contemporary jazz/funk/originals outfit, was also a member of the Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra directed by Mack Rucks, and has performed with the Dontae Winslow Quartet, Michael Raitzyk Trio, William Goffigan Quartet, and Cliff Lee + Three Quartet in New York.
Growing up in Southern Maryland, Ms. Robinson performed since childhood, studying piano, playing flute in band, singing in church choir, acting and singing in school plays and musicals. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, she studied acting, voice, and dance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Sande Shurin Acting Studio in New York City and at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore. She became interested in jazz after studying with Grammy®-nominated jazz vocalist, Janet Lawson. Her interests include researching & speaking on the history of jazz musicians & compositions and the relationship of the evolution of musical theater and jazz.
Other activities: *Starring role (Mariah), Off-Broadway world premiere at the Women of Color Theater Festival of the award-winning play Pass It On by St. Marys College of Maryland professor, Merideth Taylor *member of JOYOUS VOICES, a professional acappella caroling ensemble