If you enjoy live jazz and particularly live jazz with poetry, then hopefully you've had the opportunity to check out the Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam on Sunday nights, featuring the Jeff Robinson Trio. Jeff Robinson is an amazing musician who's dedication to bringing exceptional music and poetry to the greater Boston area has been an invaluable contribution. His latest contribution, Live Bird, is sure to be masterful.

"Live Bird is a one-man play celebrating the life of jazz legend Charlie "Bird" Parker. The play is set in a bar in Harlem, the summer of 1947. Bird talks about his days in Kansas City, Missouri to imaginary characters, imitates Lester Young and plays some of his own songs.

Written and performed by playwright, actor, director and musician Jeff Robinson. Mr. Robinson was nominated for Best Actor by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) for his portrayal of Charlie Parker in the play.

A few quotes about Live Bird.

"I knew Charlie as a man and not simply as a musical genius. Jeff portrays the Charlie I knew." Widow, Doris Parker

"This is one of the best plays about Bird that I've ever experienced" Frank Morgan, Jazz Legend and Charlie Parker protege.

"Live Bird should be moved to off-Broadway... It deserves wider exposure" Ira Gitler, Jazz Historian, Critic

"Robinson has Bird down cold... Robinson does it so convincingly you'll forgive Parker for his flaws just to be in his presence" David Yaffe, The Village Voice

"If you have an opportunity to see Jeff Robinson's Live Bird you must." Nick Catalano, All About Jazz.com

"It takes a multifaceted individual to conceive and perform a one-man play on Charlie Parker, and Jeff Robinson fit's the bill" Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe

"Everyone agrees on what Charlie Parker did for jazz. The arguments start when anyone talks about who he was. But there's a remarkable consensus - even among people who new the alto saxophonist that "Live Bird", Boston-based playwright-actor-saxophonist Jeff Robinson's one-man play about Parker, gets him right." Ed Hazell, Jazziz Magazine

There will also be a Poetry Jam with Roger Bonair-Agard, Nicole Terez Dutton and Regie Gibson with the Jeff Robinson


Friday, February 20, 2009
7:30pm - 11:00pm
The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street Cambridge, MA

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