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.

 

Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Night with Charlie Chaplin

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A night of smart, old-time humor. Watch the comedic genius, Charlie Chaplin, as intended, with live accompaniment by Tom and thoughtfully composed food and beverage pairings, plus a very special dessert course.

Each film will be paired with a special course designed by chef Brandon Blumenfeld and with a Bombay Cocktail developed by Scratch bar staff.

Tickets are $45 per person.

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Nov
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Rhapsody in Blue with The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra

  • Upper St. Clair High School Theater (map)
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$15 General admission, $10 Senior, $5 children 13 and up
Free children under 13
$5 groups of 5 or more adults

  • Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin piano soloist Tom Roberts
  • Kid Auto Races at Venice CA the film featuring the first appearance of Charlie Chaplin as his iconic Little Tramp from 1914 composed and orchestrated by Tom Roberts
  • Symphony no. 6 Pastoral Ludwig van Beethoven

Gershwin, Beethoven and Roberts!!!! 

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Oct
5
8:00pm 8:00pm

Nebby: A Short History of Route 88

The newest Rick Sebak documentary series Nebby: Tales of Greater Pittsburgh airs on October 5 at 8 p.m. with music by Tom!!!!

This week it's: A Short History of Route 88.

88 keys on the piano, get it?

My score has been compared to such diverse goodies as Johnny Costa, Dr. John and Vince Guaraldi! All my piano heroes!

 

Learn more about Nebby: Rick Sebak's Tales of Greater Pittsburgh series

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Sep
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Red Beans & Rice Combo at Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market

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The combo returns for the do-over of our First Friday cancellation due to the tragic flooding in the mountains of Lebanon (grumble grumble). 

Join myself, Wayno, and Dave Klug whilst we entertain you with our Rockin’ Rhythm and Jazz gumbo including Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Mose Allison and other incredible music. 

We wouldn’t be playing it if it wasn’t incredible!

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Sep
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

Buston Keaton's "Seven Chances"

Pianist Tom Roberts and organist Dale Abraham will bring comedian Buster Keaton’s silent film classic Seven Chances to life at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville, WV. 

The live musical accompaniment will feature Tom on piano and Dale on the Strand’s 3 manual Allen Theatre Organ. 

Seven Chances features some of Buster’s most hilarious gags in a story about a meek man (Keaton) who stands to inherit $7 million if he gets married in a few hours. The resulting mayhem leads to several chase scenes featuring hundreds of women, plus a crazy climax of rolling boulders that is a "must-see."

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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.

More info

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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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