|Kim Ralphs Quartet
A Dancing Penguin Band
Kim Ralphs Quartet, featuring La Rhonda Steele on lead vocals, and reed man Dennis Costi on clarinet, flute, and soprano and tenor saxophones.
Kim Ralphs has assembled an outstanding group of professional musicians into a versatile, polished, and sophisticated dance band, perfect for weddings, receptions, dinner and dancing, corporate entertaining, and elegant celebrations of all kinds.
The recent addition of vocalist, La Rhonda Steele, with her exceptional stage presence, contributes to the excitement on stage, and on the dance floor! Her musical roots are in Gospel, and plainly evident in her dynamic and heartfelt renditions of Swing Standards, R&B, Blues and Disco hits.
La Rhonda has sung with many of the finest bands in the area including the Swingline Cubs, The No Delay Band, Ocean 503. She has appeared with “Boogie Cat” Norman Sylvester, and has made many appearances at the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, and the famed Waterfront Blues Festival. She has also worked with Portland's legendary Blues artist, Curtis Salgado. She regularly performs at the Candlelight Bar, and Tony Starlight's Supperclub-Lounge. La Rhonda is the leader of the Rose City Gospel Ensemble.
The Kim Ralphs Quartet really "cooks" on uptempo dance tunes, and beautifully plays the sentimental, romantic favorites of the past. Their song list can be designed to perfectly suit the ambience of your special event, making sure the volume is just right, and your guests have the time of their lives.
The band's repertoire also includes the romantic ballads of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. Requests are welcome.
The Kim Ralphs Quartet is as dedicated to creating special memories as you are. A thoroughly professional attitude, with the elegance and sparkle they bring to the bandstand, is sure to enhance the festive atmosphere of your next special event. They will glady make announcements and help coordinate your party.
In its more than twenty years on the bandstand, The Kim Ralphs Quartet has appeared at the finest hotels and country clubs, and are in demand by numerous corporate and private clients, event planers and booking agencies.
They have played for hundreds of happy clients, and look forward to contributing this experience as you plan your next event.
They consistently earn rave reviews and are consistently invited back!
Both La Rhonda Steele and Dennis Costi are listed on our roster...see their pages for additional bio information and references.
See Kim Ralphs & Company for references, and bios of the other band members.
Also see: A Dancing Penguin Band
La Rhonda Steel Band