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Words and Music in the Opera Circle

Expect smooth jazz and inspired original poetry tonight when Vince Robinson & the Jazz Poets take the stage at — of all places — the Polish-American Cultural Center. A composer, slam poetry champ, and accomplished pianist, Robinson launched his jazz ensemble in 1997 and has been playing venues around town — including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Museum of Art — ever since, with a repertoire that includes standards, originals, and his own spoken-word riffs. "Our bass player has the uncanny ability to match a speaker's key," explains Robinson. "So he lays down a bass line, I begin speaking, and the rest of the band improvises around it. It makes for an interesting blend of poetry and music — and it's very entertaining." Tonight's free concert is part of the Opera Circle's Home Concert Series; the Polish-American Cultural Center is at 6501 Lansing Ave. For more information, go to operacircle.org or call 216-441-2822. — Cicora

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