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Getting ready for summer 2016 - March 30, 2016

I got sidetracked by Facebook; but I know it is important to main a website in addition to FB. My calendar is current because I know many of you come to this site to see my schedule. Photos, bio and music will soon be updated as well. I keep the guestbook history visible because I like to see the comments that were made when my site first launched. Now people communicate with me on my Facebook page instead of via FB. I am excited about the wonderful musicians I will work with this summer and the venues, especially the new Nine Restaurant that is part of Hensville. Thanks for stopping by and please visit often.

Wow! I am trying to catch up. - August 23, 2015

Retired from my day gig effective June 1, 2015. What a feelin'.

JazzKeepers Photo Shoot - November 12, 2013

The 2013 Photo shoot was held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 on the steps of the Toledo Museum of Art.  I will be sending out photos to those who participated in the event.

The 2014 JazzKeepers Photo Shoot will be held Sunday 78, 2014 on the steps of the TMA.  If possible, we would like to have an event in conjunction with the photo shoot.  More about that later.

We were doing this shoot every three or four years, but have found it better to do it annually.  

 

Detroit City Is Coming Back - November 12, 2013

So proud to be a part of this wonderfully positive effort by saxophonist Duane Parham.  He has written a song that has been sung and recorded by entertainers from various genres, and it's simply amazing.  We will all gather in Detroit on November 16 to witness the debut of this project.  The event is the Latest and Greatest Motown Ambassadors Awards Celebration.  Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 4-7 p.m.  Admission is $10 or canned goods to help support the needy at Thanksgiving.  Event is being held at Greater New Mt Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 586 Owen Street, Detroit MI 48202.  I am honored to be an ambassador.

 This fundraising event is sponsored by Educational Arts Society, a 50l(c)3 nonprofit organization. 

Jazz Tyme 419 - November 12, 2013

I will be hosting Jazz Tyme 419 on WXTS 88.3 everyday to let you know what's going on in jazz in Toledo, the surrounding area and beyond.  Join me, it's jazz tyme.  Stay tuned to the station to learn when we will air the segment.

Jazz In Toledo - July 7, 2013

Thank those of you who support live jazz in the Toledo area whether it's one night a week or a weekend.  We are the home of Art Tatum, so we have to do what we can to keep jazz alive.  There is the regular Wednesday event at the Best Western Premier Hotel in down town Toledo, Bar 145, Hamways (on Saturday nights), Degage (Maumee), Zinful (Waterville), Manhattan's (occasionally), Toledo Club (special events),

Summer is here - May 5, 2013

Glad it's summer because folks will be out and about, and there will be plenty of music to hear and play.

Thanks for visiting my website.  I keep this because, although I utilize Facebook, it's still good to have a webpage.

Seeking location for jazz club - September 23, 2012

For the past several months, I have been looking for a site for my jazz club.  Actually, I have been doing research and looking at buildings for about 10 years, but think this is something I need to do within the next year.  It's a major undertaking, but we don't have a jazz club in Toledo right now.  That feels strange to me because there has always been one the entire time I have lived here since 1969.  Will keep you posted.

Arts & Soul @ Ottawa Park - September 23, 2012

I will be emcee for the Arts & Soul event that is being held Octoberm 14, 2012 at the Ottawa Park Ampitheater.  Entertainers include Rachel Richardson, Jesse Coleman, Bobby G and Dwele who will also be performing for the after set at Our Brothers' Place.  More info to come.

Songs For Our Sister - September 23, 2012

September 221, 2012 Songs For Our Sister was great!  Supplementing that concert this year are two "small group" concerts being held at the Toledo Club on December 2 and February 24.  Singers will include Jean Holden, Sheila Fleming, Kim Lynch Buehler, Lori Lefevre Johnson, yours truly and other. More info to be announced.

CD w/Johnny O'Neal - August 18, 2012

I know it's been a while folks, but I finally settled on a title for my cd that I recorded with Johnny a couple of years ago.  We took a photo while I was in New York that I think is perfect for the cover.  The album is called "I Love Bein' Here With You".

 

New York Trip 8-2-12 to 8-6-12 - August 18, 2012

Took my first trip to NY city in August.  We arrived, rested, then took the train to Lincoln Center to go to Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.  Had the opportunity to sing there with good friend Johnny O'Neal and met several singers who were extremely kind and gracious, Briana Thomas, Marianne Solivan, Daralyn Jay, Nancy Harms. 

Friday night we took the train to Lenox & 125 so I could do a short gig at the Lenox Lounge with drummer Greg Bandy, another good friend who is from Cleveland.  Greg has been known for years at the "Mayor" of Harlem even though he is not in politics (lol).

Saturday night I sang a couple tunes at Smoke. 

Sunday I watched the Singers Set from Small's Jazz Club that is streamed to the internet.  We then took the train to Small's where I also had the opportunity to sing for the patrons there during Johnny's show.

All in all, had a great time and kept my Facebook friends posted about my activities.  It was great, and I noticed when I returned home and went online to FB, I had quite a few friend requests from people I had just met in NY. It's true you are the city that never sleeps.  Thank God for my 5-Hour Energy Drinks.

 

Benefit for Claude Black - May 20, 2012

Along with being a jazz legend, singer in his own right and educator, Claude is loved by singers for his wonderfully cool temperament and ability to accompany the newbies and the vets.  He has worked with Aretha Franklin and Dakota Staton, among others.  All the cats know with him at the piano on a gig, all is well.  We want to give him a break Sunday 6-24-12 and show him he is loved by all of us, musicians singers alike.  If he feels like playing, that would be a special treat, but the day belongs to him.  The core group that will start things off is Sean Dobbins (d), Josh Silver (p) and Joel Hazard (b).  Please join us from 3 - 7 p.m. at 151 On The River, formerly Murphy's Place Jazz Club.  Special thanks to 151 owner Mike Scott for opening on a Sunday afternoon for this event.  Anyone interested in performing should email me @ songstylist@aol.com or send text to 419 297-9856. 

Degage - March 18, 2012

Will perform at Degage Friday & Saturday July 13 & 14, August 31st and Sept 1, and October 26th & 27.  My birthday is October 28, 2012, so who knows? Saturday could be the start of my celebration.  We'll see.

London Chop House - March 18, 2012

Performed for the second time at the London Chop House with Scott Gwinnell Trio.  It was great fun and the audience was wonderful.  Thanks Scott for asking me to be in the rotation of singers.  Will return to the Chop House again April 26, 2012.

CD w/Johnny O'Neal - March 18, 2012

Still haven't completed cd w/ Johnny O'Neal, but don't have much left to do.   Have to get back into the studio though asap as other cds are gone and will not be reordered.  Haven't decided yet on name or artwork.   Will keep you posted.

Make- - December 4, 2011

WEMU 501 Jazz Series - December 4, 2011

Thanks to all who attended the show Friday 12-2-11 at PJs.  The band and I had a ball, and the audience contributed so much by being attentive and respectful.  We played good music, laughed and enjoyed JAZZ.

Thank you all.  Hope to see you again soon.

Ramona Collins & Johnny O'Neal Recording - December 4, 2011

For those of you who attended the recording session on March 21, 2009, I apologize for the delay but promise that it will be done soon.  Each of you will receive your complimentary copy of the CD as soon as they are pressed.

Detroit Black Music Awards Nominee - July 24, 2011

I was notified last week that I am one of four nominees in the Detroit Black Music Awards jazz vocalist category.  This was quite a surprise, and I am extremely flattered.  The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Bert's Market Place in the Eastern Market in Detroit.  Doors open to th public at 6:30 p.m.  and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.  VIP tickets are $40 and general admission tickets are $20.

More info later.

CD Recorded w/Johnny O'Neal 3-21-10 - June 25, 2011

For those of you who attended the recording session, you will still receive your preview copy of the cd.  I am going back into the studio to finish editing sometime within the next couple of weeks.  Thanks for your patience!

Detroit Jazz Fest After Party - August 17, 2010

Harbor House

440 Clinton St

Detroit, MI (downtown)

313 967-9900

 

On Friday, September 3rd, after the first day of the Detroit Jazz Fest, be sure to stop by the Harbor House in Greektown for great food and drinks, and a very special performance with Ramona Collins and the Jesse Kramer Trio!

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. $5 cover, limited seating, for reservations call (313) 967-9900

Ramona Collins-Vocals

Glenn Tucker – Piano

Jordan Schug – Bass

Jesse Cramer - Drums



JazzKeepers Photo Shoot - August 17, 2010

Press Release

Area jazz artists gather for photo shoot

“Countless jazz performers continuously dedicate their souls in an effort to keep vintage jazz alive.  They are the true heroes who consistently reinforce the importance of jazz as they perform within communities throughout this nation.  Their appreciation and commitment have enabled us to keep vintage jazz a part of American culture and a mainstay in today’s contemporary music environment.”  They are the Jazzkeepers, asdefined by Cleveland jazz promoter Greg L. Reese in his bookJazzKeepers, A Pictorial Tribute & Memoir”  

Toledo’s JazzKeepers will gather on the steps of the Toledo Museum of Art Sunday, August 29, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m.  Joining them will be some of their peers from the area’s jazz corridor  – Bowling Green, Ann Arbor, Toledo, Detroit and Cleveland.  Those who are known by other JazzKeepers to fit the description given above are invited to join us for this history-making event.

There will be a master photo taken of everyone, then small group shots of singers, bassists, pianists/keyboardists, horn players, drummers, etc. Artists may bring their instruments to use as a prop or to play later at the after-set @ Pam's Corner, 116-10th Street.   Award-winning photographer Grover Cummings is the official photograher for this will conduct the shoot.

Immediately following the photo shoot, participants will stop by Pam’s Corner at 116-10th St. in downtown Toledo to network and maybe even play a tune or two.  It will be a great reunion!

CONTACT:

Ramona Collins, Organizer & Chair

JazzKeepers Photo Shoot

songstylist@aol.com

 

Kim Buehler, Committee Co-Chair

Keith Bernard, Committee Co-Chair  

Brenda Riggins, Committee Co-Chair 

For more information, please call 419 297-9856, 419 536-7172 or 419 283-8226

 

Jazzkeepers Photo Shoot - May 2, 2010

We will again be gathering on the steps of the Toledo Museum of Art to document who makes up the current performing jazz community in Toledo.  We are especially focusing on those who are "Jazzkeepers" - those who struggle to keep vintage jazz alive.  Even though they may play other types of music, they are known in the local jazz inner circle to respect jazz and not consider it "old" music.  Jazz is important because it's part of America's musical history and cannot be forgotten.

Sunday - August 29, 2010   2:00 p.m.

More details later.

Acting in Dorothy McFarland's Play "Church Folks" - May 2, 2010

On Sunday June 27, 2010 I will be acting (not singing) in a play called "Church Folks", written by Toledoan Dorothy McFarland. The event is being held at the Franciscan Center and curtain is at 6:00.  For info about tickets you can call 419 297-9856 or call the Franciscan Center box office.

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