Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts is a leading exponent of early jazz piano. He's played everywhere from New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show to the major jazz clubs in the French Quarter.

 


Aug
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Over There Over Here 5th Annual Founders Day Celebration

World War I will be the focus of the 5th annual Homewood Cemetery Founders' Day Celebration.

Join us for an afternoon of music, art, stories, vintage cars, and food trucks on the beautiful grounds of The Homewood Cemetery in Squirrel Hill.

All events are free, family friendly, and open to the public!

I shall be spinning shellac in a little thing I like to call DJing for the dead. I start the festivities at noon.

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Aug
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Night in Westworld: Featuring live music by Tom Roberts

Spend the evening in the absorbing entertainment of Westworld. Play some poker, listen to live music, and have a drink in the Saloon. Then head upstairs to learn about artificial intelligence and 3D printing in our Maker Space.

Attendees must purchase tickets before the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Costumes are optional, but highly recommended. There will be prizes for the best costumes!

All proceeds benefit the library.

Tickets $10
21+ only. ID required.

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Jul
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin creates Rhapsody in Blue with illustrator Stacy Innerst

Join Mt. Lebanon’s own nationally award-winning illustrator Stacy Innerst and pianist Tom Roberts as they share the art of telling stories through pictures and music.

Learn about the music and life of George Gershwin, how his music shaped Innerst’s illustrations, and create a musical illustration of your own.

School-age kids through adult.

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Jul
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tom @ The Park House

Ragtime Piano with Crazy Tom Roberts Pretty much the same musical program as the previous week minus the uppity east end pretentiousness!

Come on out for the greatest falafel this side of the Hoy Land personally and lovingly prepared for you by your host Zamir Zahavi.

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Jul
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

Tom @ Mansions on Fifth

I have recently delved into material that I was performing at the beginning of this century and discovered many delights, such as the music of the Harlem Cantor Willie “The Lion” Smith and others.

In this informal recital I will share my remembered music with any and all that come

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Jul
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Red Beans & Rice at Mt. Lebanon's First Friday

  • 119 Central Square Pittsburgh, PA, 15228 United States (map)
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The Red Beans & Rice Combo will bring rockin' rhythm & jazz to Uptown Mt. Lebanon's First Friday event on July 7.

The Combo features the world celebrated early jazz stride pianist, Tom Roberts on piano, whistling, & vocals, along with Dave Klug on drums and his custom-built "Kluger Soundboard," and Wayno on vocals, harmonica, & ukulele.

The fun-loving , sharp-dressed band has developed a reputation for delivering a danceable mix of New Orleans R&B, early rock & roll nuggets, and barroom ballads, with a jazzy dash of Tin Pan Alley, and a generous side of wit & humor.

This outdoor event is FREE and open to the public.

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Jun
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ Alphabet City

Tom brings the Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show to City of Asylum's Alphabet City.

The program also features Mary Beth Malek, principal clarinetist for the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra.

Free!

 

Learn more about how Tom created this unique show, from the inspiration to the compositions.

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Jun
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Cave Canem Poets

Tom once again provides the pre-reading music for the leading contemporary African American poets! This event sells out quickly so make your reservation early!

Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

Enjoy an evening of poetry with acclaimed poets and 2017 Cave Canem faculty members Major Jackson, Robin Coste Lewis and Dr. Haki Madhubuti!

Jackson is the author of four collections, most recently, Roll Deep; Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the 2015 National Book Award in poetry; Madhubuti is the author of more than 25 books of poetry and prose, most recently, the memoir YellowBlack.

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Jun
3
4:45pm 4:45pm

Tango Fuego!

Ada Lis Jimena, voice and Tom Roberts, piano in "Tango Fire" a family friendly evening full of drive, energy and passionate flair of authentic Argentine tango. 

This event is part of the series Global Beat at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

More info 412-531-1912 or childrenslibrary@einetork.net

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May
19
10:30am10:30am

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ The Children's Museum

Most people will say that they have to do something:
I have to go to work.
I have to pay taxes.

Well I get to share the genius of Charlie Chaplin with a new generation at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Come on out to the Northside one and all, forget your cares and dip yourselves in magic waters and rediscover the child you really are.

About the Show

I will be performing my original scores alongside Chaplin films The Rink and The Pawn Shop. 

Shows will be at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Additional shows, at the same times, will be on Friday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 16.

Learn more about the Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show.

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May
16
10:30am10:30am

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ The Children's Museum

Most people will say that they have to do something:
I have to go to work.
I have to pay taxes.

Well I get to share the genius of Charlie Chaplin with a new generation at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Come on out to the Northside one and all, forget your cares and dip yourselves in magic waters and rediscover the child you really are.

About the Show

I will be performing my original scores alongside Chaplin films The Rink and The Pawn Shop. 

Shows will be at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Additional shows, at the same times, will be on Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19.

Learn more about the Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show.

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May
12
10:30am10:30am

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ The Children's Museum

Most people will say that they have to do something:
I have to go to work.
I have to pay taxes.

Well I get to share the genius of Charlie Chaplin with a new generation at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Come on out to the Northside one and all, forget your cares and dip yourselves in magic waters and rediscover the child you really are.

About the Show

I will be performing my original scores alongside Chaplin films The Rink and The Pawn Shop. 

Shows will be at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Additional shows, at the same times, will be on Tuesday, May 16 and Friday, May 19.

Learn more about the Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show.

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Apr
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Red Beans and Rice Combo presents "A Saturday Night Fish Fry!"

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Put on your dancing shoes and dress in your vintage swing garb as Pittsburgh’s rockin’ rhythm & jazz trio, The Red Beans & Rice Combo, serve up a delightful musical gumbo in their premiere appearance at historic Lincoln Hall in “A Saturday Nite Fish Fry.”  

(No actual fish will be fried at this event.)

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Apr
9
3:00pm 3:00pm

Scary Stories @ Alphabet City

Before leaving the War Streets last year, I participated in a project described as Scary Stories by film maker Tatiana Istomina. As many of you know, I have had several paranormal experiences in places where I have lived including New Orleans, Harlem and on Veto Street in the Mexican War Streets.

I recorded my experiences and actually illustrated a story from a person in a different state. I have no idea what she used! So this should be interesting.

I told her about the haunted house I lived in while living in The Garden District of uptown New Orleans, the violently haunted apartment on 270 Convent in Harlem that was the home of a cursed stride pianist, and my multiple paranormal experiences on Veto St., including a full body apparition that vanished before my eyes, a terrifying UFO sighting at exactly the same spot, and a humorous experience of mistaken dead identity, yet again on Veto!

Ooh Keedz! Very scary!!!!!! I am willing to tell you my scary stories even if she didn’t use them in the film!

See the Film

Join us for a screening of the locally-produced film project Life and Dreams in the Burgh hosted by the film’s creator, former City of Asylum artist-in-residence Tatiana Istomina (Russia).

Free Tickets

Reserve your seats for the screening.

 

About the Film

Life and Dreams in the Burgh is Tatiana Istomina’s experimental film weaving together factual and fictional stories recorded in Pittsburgh, PA. The film conjures up the psychological landscape of the city troubled with social and economic tensions, haunted by memories of its past and the dreams of possible and impossible futures.

The project was supported by the City of Asylum, which invited Istomina for an artist residency in the fall of 2015. During her stay Istomina recorded lengthy interviews with fourteen men and women living in Pittsburgh: an artist, a medical student, a dishwasher, a foster mother of six, and others. Fragments of these interviews formed the audio track of the film.

The non-linear narrative wanders through several loosely connected themes: the city’s peculiar character and geography, its post-industrial economic decline, racial segregation, crime, various everyday challenges as well as enjoyments of urban life—all filtered through the narrators’ individual experiences. The layered tapestry of their fears, hopes, dreams and fantasies reflects the collective consciousness of the city.

The stories narrated by the speakers are illustrated with digital animation, found footage and video imagery created by two Pittsburgh-based artists, Sofia Sandoval and Emily Newman.

About Tatiana Istomina

Tatiana Istomina is a Russian-born artist and writer living in New York; she works with film, video, painting and drawing. Her projects have been featured in exhibitions and screenings across the US and abroad; venues include Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum, Gaîté Lyrique, and Haus der Kulturen der Wel.

Istomina studied at Salzburg Summer Art School and worked at many artist residencies, including Yaddo, the Core Program, the AIM program, the ACA, and The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions. She is a recipient of several awards, among which are the AAF Prize for Fine Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Chenven foundation grant, and the Spillways Fellowship. Istomina holds a PhD in geophysics from Yale University (2010) and MFA from Parsons New School (2011).

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