It's a Hardbop Life

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It's a Hardbop Life is the first Off-Broadway play to feature an entire cast of jazz musicians.[1][not in citation given] The play, co-written by trombonist Gregory Charles Royal and Denise Bird, was developed from Royal's weekly engagement at Birdland in New York City called The Art Blakey Jazz Messenger Review during 2001.[2][not in citation given]

The play debuted at the New York JVC Jazz Festival in July, 2004.[3]


  1. ^ Mergner, Lee (June 2, 2010). "Gregory Charles Royal's Hardbop Life: Veteran trombonist stages production of jazz musical "It's a Hardbop Life" in Washington, DC". Jazz Times.
  2. ^ "Jazz Clubs in New York City". 2001-04-30. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  3. ^ Vermes, Jenne (21 March 2010). "School of 'hard bops'". Gannett. Retrieved 7 July 2015.