Ramona Collins, jazz singer

Ramona Collins

Ramona Collins, jazz singer

Cliff Monear

Ramona Collins, jazz singer

Jeff Pedraz

Ramona Collins, jazz singer

Dwight Adams

Ramona Collins, jazz singer

Sean Dobbins

Sat

1/13/2018

8:00pm

Jazz

Ramona Collins, jazz singer

With Cliff Monear, Jeff Pedraz, Dwight Adams & Sean Dobbins!

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Ramona Collins, vocals
  • Cliff Monear, piano
  • Kurt Krahnke, bass
  • Dwight Adams, trumpet
  • Sean Dobbins, drums

Event Details

 "A strong, satiny voice with a lot of blues and soul seasoning and a very hip sense of time." - Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine

KCH happily welcomes the return of dynamic Toledo jazz singer and area favorite Ramona Collins.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at the Kerrytown Concert House.

Ramona Collins

Audiences throughout the Midwest have known for quite some time that this Toledo-based singer is one of the region's true treasures and best-kept secrets. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Ramona was reared in Lansing, Michigan, by a jazz pianist/singer mother - the late Alice (Collins) Carter - who encouraged her daughter to sing at an early age to combat her shyness. Today, anyone fortunate enough to witness the veteran performer at work will detect not a whit of shyness. Sultry, seasoned, witty and cool are words that come to mind when experiencing this engaging performer whose command of the stage and vast repertoire have helped her establish a solid rapport with club, concert and festival audiences wherever she goes.
Ramona recorded early in her career. She made her debut at age sixteen, singing standards on a recording accompanied by her mother and a drummer. Her voice attracted attention from local musicians and before long she was sitting in at jam sessions and clubs with her mother's musician friends. Her reputation as an exceptional song stylist and performer continues to attract musicians and songwriters of all ages, even today.
In 1997, Ramona and her band, Line One, released a well-received CD called "Everything Old Is New Again." This collection of frequently requested standards was recorded at the historic Rusty's Jazz Café (1962-2002) in Toledo and garnered high praise from jazz radio programmers and the group's loyal fans.

Known in her hometown of Toledo as a “jazz activist,” Ramona has produced a weekly radio radio program, called "T-Town Jazz", and along with the music, a regular feature of her show was conversational interviews with local, regional and national artists. Ramona views her performing career as part entertainment, part educational. To that end, she has taken aspiring young performers under her wing, supporting and encouraging them and teaching them things that will help them grow as entertainers. . "There are a number of young people who have talent and respect for jazz," she says. "I'm thrilled they view me as a mentor...it's inspiring.”

Cliff Monear

Cliff is one of Detroit's most sought-after jazz pianists whose diverse repetoire commands respect from fellow musicians and pure enjoyment from jazz lovers. He was educated at the Berkeley School of Music and is currently on the faculty at the Jazz Studies Program at Wayne State University. Cliff's rich performance history includes major tours with artists such as the Temptations, and his local jazz group, "The Cliff Monear Trio," is one of the busiest performing rhythm sections in the Midwest. Cliff also offers his extensive piano expertise as a sales consultant for Hammell Music.

Kurt Krahnke

Kurt Krahnke has been one of the most in-demand bassists in the State of Michigan–-and beyond-–for decades. After getting a solid foundation at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, he toured the east coast with Ron Levy for two years and then went on play with Wendell Harrison, Phil Lasley, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Russell Green, and Leon Thomas. He is, for very good reason, one of the busiest bassists around.

Dwight Adams

Dwight is now one of the brightest stars on the Detroit jazz scene. Adams earned a full scholarship to Kentucky State University, where he majored in music education and performance. He has since played and recorded with musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, James Carter, Shawn Wallace and Donald Walden, and tours with Stevie Wonder. He has served as a jazz trumpet instructor at both The Ohio State University and Michigan State University and performs with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

Sean Dobbins

Sean Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean’s Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the “Woody Herman Jazz Award”, an award for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Due to Sean’s great talent both as a player and an educator, he has been the focus of countless news articles, jazz radio programs, and documentaries.

Though still young by jazz standards, Dobbins has amassed an impressive list of playing companions. He has performed/toured/recorded with Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, Joey DeFrancesco, George Cables, James “Blood” Ulmer, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Willis, Rodney Whittaker, Claude Black, Johnny O’Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt Krahnke, Jon Hendricks, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Walden, Cyrus Chesnut, Barry Harris, David Baker, Randy Johnston, Marion Hayden, Mose Allison, and a host of other great musicians.

Sean’s sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of Sean’s influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, as well as Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and the one and only Elvin Jones.

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