Tom provides the music by James Booker, Professor Longhair Jelly Roll Morton and other black giants of the black and whites
Robin Coste Lewis
Amber Flora Thomas
Each June since 2010, City of Asylum has presented the poets of Cave Canem. The poets and their readings are unique in their appeal to both devoted and casual poetry audiences. These are rousing performances that speak to issues of the day with beauty and excitement. Poets have included future Poet Laureates, National Book Award winners, MacArthur "Genius" award winners, and Pulitzer Prize winners.
This year's annual reading will continue the tradition, with acclaimed poets Chris Abani, Robin Coste Lewis, and Amber Flora Thomas!
Chris Abani is the recipient of the 2008 PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award for his novel Song for Night. Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the 2015 National Book Award in poetry. Amber Flora Thomas is the recipient of several major poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize and Ann Stanford Prize.
Founded by former COA board member Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, the New York-based 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.
A book signing with the poets will follow the reading.
Let the joy begin!
The Red Beans & Rice Combo returns to the warmth and intimacy of Orbis Caffe for Funky First Friday, as we celebrate (or hope for) the coming of Summer. We'll be trying out some tunes you haven't heard us play before, as well as your old favorites.
Delicious small plate dinners, soft drinks, and coffee will all be available for purchase, and the event is BYOB.
Cover charge is $15. Seating is limited, so stop in at Orbis or call (412) 563-1220 to reserve your table.
As aways, ladies & gents are encouraged to dress up for an elegant, fun, and funky evening. Come hungry, and wear your dancing shoes.
Chaplin at Bier's Pub! $5 cover! Who says money can't buy happiness? You can buy happiness and delicious Bier's Beer!
The Rink, The Pawn Shop, and One A.M. with original scores meticulously composed by Tom Roberts and accompanied by Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Principal Clarinetist Mary Beth Malek.
New Orleans piano with me and my piano student Matt Jordan
Tom Roberts presents The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show
Suggested donation: $20
Seating is limited, so please RSVP by sending an email to Shay at email@example.com. This is the only manner of reserving your spot.
Refreshments will be served.
There is street parking in front of the building.
Intercom is #61 in the lobby.
If you arrive after 7 p.m., please text Shay at 323-839-6866 and she will come down to the lobby to let you in. The intercom rings the phone in the loft and will interrupt the performance if you arrive after the scheduled start time. Thank you!
Mardi Gras at the library with the Red Beans & Rice Combo
The Combo features the world celebrated early jazz stride pianist, Tom Roberts (a Foxburg regular on piano, whistling, and vocals, along with Dave Klug on drums and his custom-built “Kluger Soundboard,” and Wayno on vocals, harmonica, and ukulele.
The Red Beans & Rice Combo Holiday Spectacular with special guest Rick Sebak reading The Night Before Christmas
We'll play some of our favorite seasonal numbers, along with a fine selection of classic New Orleans R&B.
You're encouraged to bring along a plate or two of cookies for a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
General admission is $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door.
Monique presents lore and character pieces by Jewish musicians who defined American culture.
Featuring works by Bloch, Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein, Kern, Joplin, Achron, and Heifetz performed with Tom Roberts, piano and Colin Aikins, tenor.
The concert is in the campus' Campana Chapel.
New York City vocal sensation, Barbara Rosene, returns for her annual December appearance at BLU Jazz+for a swingin' evening of Great American Songbook standards, holiday classics, and much more! Featuring Barbara Rosene & Tom Roberts.
About Barbara Rosene
Barbara Rosene is a passionate interpreter of American popular music. Spending much of the year performing internationally as the featured singer with the legendary Harry James Orchestra, Barbara offers up her niche brand of vocal jazz with a stylized spin on the great music of the 1920s, 30s and beyond.
Spanish Flamenco and popular songs and Argentine Tango—an evening not to be missed!
$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!!!!
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.
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!