rhonda beninHealdsburg Center for the Arts and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival present 
a benefit concert for the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

When: Saturday, January 21, 2012
Time: 8 pm
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street, (707) 431-1970
Ticket Cost: $25.00

Rhonda Benin is no stranger to Healdsburg jazz audiences, having performed at the One Voice concert in last year’s Festival.  She is a talented singer with a wide range of musical voices, moving easily from jazz standards to R&B to Latin rhythms and to the blues, putting her unique signature on every song.

Poster - Rhonda Benin V4 WebHer sweet voice, creative interpretations of old standards is refreshing.  But Rhonda is more than a great vocalist.  Her show is full of energy, dance, wit and her special joie de vivre. She will be joined by Glen Pearson (piano), Alcide Marshall (drums) and Gregory Simmons (bass). Don’t miss the opportunity to see this exciting group.

Benin’s remarkable career began in the late 80s with a weekend gig with folk-blues maven Maria Muldaur. Soon after, she teamed up with Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir (CHC). At home in the Bay Area, Rhonda began making a name for herself as a solo artist, but it was her 9-year stint with Mal Sharpe’s Big Money In Jazz Band that gave her visibility on the nightclub and festival circuits, and led her to form her band Soulful Strut.

Soulful Strut has become a permanent fixture on the San Francisco music scene. “My band has been described as a jazz band drenched in soul with a solid helping of the blues”.

There will be two complete sets at the single 8 p.m. show. The second set will include music to dance to, promising another memorable show at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts gallery, just half a block from the Plaza.

Rhonda BeninThis marks the fifth time the Healdsburg Center for the Arts and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival have cooperated on a “Jazz in the Gallery” concert to benefit the HCA’s Youth Art Education program.

Tickets can be purchased online, or by phone from the Healdsburg Center for the Arts at (707) 431-1970. Tickets are also available at the HCA  gallery during business hours, 11 to 5 daily, and at the door (subject to availability).