Jazz + Jest

Laugh and cry

The sax section

“I refuse to let people not laugh.” -- Roger the Jester

Jazz and Jest is the uncommon collaboration of Larry Chernicoff’s quintet and Roger the Jester, a mime, magician, object manipulator, musician, acrobat, stilt-walker, unicyclist, puppeteer, and baker.

Their performances combine Larry’s highly original music with Roger’s highly hilarious improvisational clowning. Audiences love it. 

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Roger is a comic performer of the old school, who combines techniques of the traditional European street performers and medieval jesters with modern improvisation. He has juggled, performed magic tricks, played music, and mimed his way through crowds of all sizes, leaving a trail of laughter across 23 countries, for more than 30 years.

Roger was a member of the renowned performance group Mummenschanz in New York and Europe. He traveled with Circus Roncalli in Germany, with the Circus Knie in Switzerland, and the Circus Brazil Jack in Sweden. He now lives in western Massachusetts.          

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