Kim Mills and Ghada Rihani

Kim Mills and Ghada Rihani

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Bio

Kim Mills

After dedicating many years to the viola, which he began in 1974, Kim Mills decided to focus on his voice. In the early 1980’s he performed in several musicals at local dinner theaters, and joined the University of Maryland’s Gospel Choir in College Park Maryland. In 2001, he joined the Elliston Music Studio for Jazz Studies, directed by Ron Elliston and Ronnie Wells Elliston.  Kim has been a co-stage performer at the FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, both in Rockville, Maryland.  He has appeared at Twins Lounge in Washington DC, the Strathmore Arts Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

In February 2005, Kim released a Jazz vocals CD, The Ruby and The Pearl, under the Jazz Karma Records label. The Ruby and The Pearl features a rhythm section of world-class musicians: Ron Elliston on piano, James King on bass, Mike Smith, on drums, and Fred Foss on flute. This collection of smooth swings, bossas, and ballads has been described as “…sexy, relaxing, hypnotic…”

A native Marylander, Kim Mills is originally from Mitchellville, where his family still resides. Having received a B.S. in Business Management and Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Howard University, he has worked as a Management Analyst for the US Department of the Treasury, an education consultant, and presently works as an elementary school teacher.

On July 21st, 2007 Kim was honored as the 1st place winner of the inaugural Cab Calloway Vocal Competition, part of Baltimore, Maryland’s Artscape 2007.  As the winner, he performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, sharing the stage with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

 

In October of 2008, Kim embarked on his first international tour. Invited to Russia by the Alexey Cheremizov Quartet, Kim performed to ‘standing room only’ crowds in the Siberian region as well as St. Petersburg and surrounding cities.  The hallmark of the tour was a performance at St. Petersburg’s  prestigious Jazz Philharmonic Hall.

 

Joining Mr. Mills will be 

Ghada Rihani

ghadi with Kim Mills

Ghada started singing when she joined the Jazz Vocal Workshop with Chris Grasso in 2010. Since then, she has participated in numerous workshops and has performed along with many local vocalists, at Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, The Epicure Café, Twins Jazz and other clubs in the Washington, DC area. She continues to study with Alison Crockett, Wayne Wilentz and David Jernigan.

Ghada speaks and sings in Spanish and French, adding variety to her repertoire of jazz standards.

 

Originally from Lebanon, Ghada has lived in the DC area for 27 years. She works as a linguist and is mother to two daughters.

 

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