Who knew TV news gatherers could be so cool? Recently, NBC anchor Brian Williams launched a new blog on which he writes about and interviews Indie Rock bands. Watching that guy on TV, you never get the sense that beneath the straight-faced veneer lies an aging hipster. While Williams will likely keep his day job and not go work for Magnet magazine anytime soon, another former TV news reporter took a different approach. Rondi Charleston worked for many years with Diane Sawyer on Primetime Live, but she gave up her life in investigative journalism to launch her Jazz career. The smoothly soulful singer (think Diana Krall mixed with a little Cassandra Wilson) has had much success so far, working with some top veteran Jazz talent for her recently released CD/live DVD set In My Life. The album is a silky blend of Pop and Jazz standards (save a couple of originals) as Charleston makes songs by Carol King, The Beatles, Rogers and Hammerstein, Sting, Antonio Carlos Jobim and her own. Charleston and her band come to Cincinnati for the first time this Monday for a 7:30 p.m. show at the Blue Wisp.
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