Vince Robinson & The/Jazz Poets Featuring Mwatabu Okantah

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Jazz and Poetry combined live on Nighttown Stage with Master Poets Vince Robinson, Mwatabu Okantah, & Full Band!

Clevelander Vince Robinson, a graduate of Kent State University, has been writing poetry for nearly 35 years. He is the former host of The Nia Coffeehouse Open Mic Poetry Event at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Robin’s Nest, Another Level, the Coventry Library and St. Alban’s Episcopal.
An accomplished slam poet, Vince was a member of the Cleveland Poetry Slam Teams that competed in the National Poetry Slam in Chicago (2003) and St. Louis (2004).

He has been recognized by Cleveland City Council for promoting literacy and history, working closely with Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and his band, Vince Robinson & The Jazz Poets.
In addition to his involvement in spoken word events, Vince directs and produces a public affairs television program titled “Open Door with Dr. Larry Macon” which airs on Time Warner Channel 9 in Summit County, Ohio. He is also currently co-host of 360 Info Network on 1490-AM – WERE Cleveland. He is a former news reporter for WERE 1300-AM and WJMO 1490-AM in Cleveland. He produced and co-hosted “Down To Business”, a television show that aired on WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland.

Vince Robinson & the Jazz Poets
The Jazz Poets include Reggie Holmes (drums), Lenny Jennings (bass), Sam Hooper (guitars) and J.D. Goldberg (sax). Reggie Holmes is a veteran of the jazz scene, having done stints with the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, Sonny Stitt and others. Guitarist Leonard Jennings has gigged with jazz saxophonist Richie Cole and Pharoah Sanders as well. He is currently a member of Tony Quarles and Discovery. Guitarist Sam Hooper also leads the Sam Hooper Group, a blues band with international touring experience in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. J.D. Goldberg is also a member of the Bottom Line band, and has been performing for over 30 years.

Vince Robinson & the Jazz Poets have performed at several venues in Northeast Ohio, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Nighttown, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland State University, Kent State University and many others.
In addition, Vince has taken over as Musical Director for MKE Poet Mwatabu Okantah, stepping in for Eric Gould, who departed to join the faculty at Berklee School of Music. The group performed in several festivals last summer, including the African-American Festival at Lock 3 in Akron, the Multi-cultural Festival in Ashtabula, the ComFest in Columbus and a concert at Musica, a performance venue in Akron.
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