“The Jeff Robinson Trio is one of the most innovative and revolutionary bands of today that mixes the old with a new kind of flavor.” – Abiodun Oyewole, The Last Poets
Jeff Robinson – Saxophones
St. Louis Missouri native, composer, radio disc jockey, actor, director, playwright and poet, Jeff started the band in 1995 as a bridge between music and theatre. Jeff is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied with saxophonists Bill Pierce and George Garzone. He’s studied theatre with Oleg Tabakov, Artistic Director of the legendary Moscow Art Theatre Company and Shakespeare scholar Kristin Linklater. Jeff’s one man show about jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker entitled “Live Bird” has appeared on off-Broadway and Charlie Parker’s home town of Kansas City Missouri. “I knew Charlie as a man and not simply as a musical genius. Jeff portrays the Charlie I knew.” Widow, Doris Parker
Jeff has been nominated for several Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE) for his work as an actor and director. His radio show “Poetry Jam” is aired on WMBR 88.1 FM in Cambridge and is streamed live via the internet. Jeff performs with the Bob Marley tribute band “Duppy Conquerors” Mondays at Sally O’Brien’s in, Somerville, MA
Blake Newman – Bass
Bassist and composer Blake Newman was born in New York City and was drawn to music at an early age. As a small child he entertained himself for hours on end by playing piano. Since moving to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, he has called the Boston area home. Blake has always had a flair for the exotic and his musical tastes have been no exception. He’s had the good fortune of performing on five continents in a multitude of diverse musical settings with some extraordinary musicians. He has performed and/or recorded with Iva Bittova, David Murray, Ran Blake, Big Jack Johnson, Evan Ziporyn, Duke Robillard, John Sinclair, Peter Wolf, KennyWolleson, Butch Morris, Jon Faddis, David Maxwell, and Charles Neville. He has recorded for Rounder, Innova, Accurate, New World, and Audio Quest Records and can be seen performing with his trio own every Wednesday at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, with the Armenian jazz group Musaner, New Orleans groove band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, and the Tough Love Trio, among others. He has played locally and toured extensively with the American Repertory Theater. Please visit: http://www.blakenewmanbass.com.
Phil Neighbors – Drums
Drummer Phil Neighbors has been teaching jazz ensembles at the JPMC since 2002.He’s been playing music since his teens where he gained experience playing in shows, Dixieland groups, and German bands. Phil studied Percussion, Jazz, and Composition at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Since college, Phil has played with a host of different bands in many genres both in Cincinnati and in Boston. Since moving to Boston in 1995, he has performed and/or recorded with groups as diverse as: The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Dave Birkin’s Hot Shots, the Sam Davis group, The Coots, the Jeff Robinson Trio, and the Funky White Honkies, to name a few.
“Magicians! Wizards! The Jeff Robinson Trio is the best poetry band in the country” Marc Smith – Creator of the Poetry Slam.