St. Louis Missouri native, saxophonist, composer, podcast host, actor, director, playwright and poet, Jeff started the band the Jeff Robinson Trio in 1995 as a bridge between music and theatre. The “Trio” accompany poets at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA and have a weekly residency that has lasted more than 20 years. The Jeff Robinson Trio has performed with some of the best poets in the United States of America, including Patricia Smith, Amiri Baraka, and Quincy Troupe amongst thousands more.
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-person show about jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker entitled “Live Bird” has appeared off-Broadway and Charlie Parker’s hometown of Kansas City Missouri and Minton’s Uptown Playhouse in Harlem NYC where Charlie Parker played and modern Jazz was nurtured. “I knew Charlie as a man and not simply as a musical genius. Jeff portrays the Charlie I knew,” said the widow, Doris Parker.
He has directed several plays including Pearl Cleage’s “Blues for an Alabama Sky” which he received an Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE) nomination for Best Director. Robinson directed Craig Lucas’s “Reckless” for Theatre Zone and also his self-scripted “Alley Cats” at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, MA with the Baldwin Theatre Company
He received an IRNE Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of the ‘Stage Manager” in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” at the Wheelock Family Theatre as well as his portrayal of Charlie Parker in “Live Bird” for the Baldwin Theatre. His radio show “Sax Therapy” was aired on WMBR 88.1 FM in Cambridge and was streamed live via the internet. He has recorded for Rounder Records and is presently working on a new recording with his trio.
Jeff started designing websites in 1993 and developing with WordPress since 2003. He received a certificate in Web Design from Boston University. Jeff’s proficient with HTML5, CSS. He owns a CMS Web Consultant Agency called Levitate Web Solutions. He’s an advocate of Social Media and a certified Google Analytics Consultant.