"I love the immediacy of storytelling with jazz"
Baltimore-based jazz vocalist/flutist Rhonda Robinson grew up in Indian Head, MD singing in church choirs and in school musicals. She also studied piano and played flute in school band.
After studying acting, voice, and dance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, she was drawn to jazz while studying with Grammy®-nominated jazz vocalist,Janet Lawson.
Appearing all over the Baltimore-Washington region, the Rhonda Robinson Quartet has opened for poet/activist Amiri Baraka and Blue Ark Ensemble at University of Baltimore and performed at clubs, restaurants, festivals & private events including: An die Musik concert venue, Ethel Ennis Tribute Gala, The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival, Tremont Hotels’ Jazz Nights, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Charles Village Festival, Mt. Vernon Lazy Sundays Concert Series, The Walters Art Museum, The Johns Hopkins University, Lexington Market Concert Series, Mark Cottman Art Gallery, Station North Arts Cafe, Renaissance Harbor Hotel, Downtown Southern Blues Restaurant, Old Town Bowie Saturday Concert Series, and many others. Rhonda gives educational concerts, workshops and artist residencies in area schools.
She is a member of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and performs with their “Jazz for Kids” Quintet. Rhonda also sings with the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus, which appeared in 2011 at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall and with Joyous Voices, an acappella holiday carolers group. For 2 ½ years, Rhonda performed Sunday mornings playing piano, flute, and singing at the Spiritual Empowerment Center with the Musical Mind Treatment band.
Since 2010, she had been the featured vocalist every 4th Wednesday of the month for Holy Comforter Church's Jazz Vespers services in Baltimore.She was recently selected as the new Director of the Jazz Ministry there.
She is known for her “beautiful” voice, singing in 8 different languages in a classic jazz style with a progressive edge.