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Ramona Collins Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Ramona Collins celebrated her 70th birthday with a live jazz concert on October 25, 2018 as part of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra’s Black & White Transportation Bistro Series at the Registry Bistro in downtown Toledo.

Collins serenaded the audience with eight live jazz selections as she delivered the vocals accompanied by a live band. Her band consisted of her long-time saxophonist Mark Lemle, bass player Jay Ronquillo, pianist Josh Silver and drummer Brandon Benson.

She opened with a selection called “Fall,” with the saxophonist providing the opening instrumental followed by vocals delivered by Collins and musical arrangements by the full band. Additional selections included: “Sack Full of Dreams,” “Summertime,” “Tell Me When,” “School of Hard Knocks,” “Changes in Life,” and “Route 66.”

She closed the live show by thanking her band, the audience and singing “What’s Going On,” which included a piano instrumental and full band.

The Black & White Transportation Bistro Series continues this season with “A Tribute to Slim and Slam” in May celebrating the music of Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart by guitarist Chris Buzzelli, bassist Kevin Eikum and others, followed by a June appearance by the Ann Arbor-based group, Los Gatos in June.

The Toledo Jazz Orchestra also hosts the Valentine Theatre Series. Coming in December is the “Annual Holiday Concert: The Ellington Nutcracker.”



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Revised: 11/08/18 09:51:46 -0500.



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