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.

 

Jun
29
8:00 pm20:00

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ Alphabet City

  • City of Asylum @ 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.

Jul
7
7:00 pm19:00

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

  • 119 Central Square Pittsburgh, PA, 15228 United States

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.


Jun
15
7:30 pm19:30

Cave Canem Poets

  • Alphabet City

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.

Jun
3
4:45 pm16:45

Tango Fuego!

  • Mount Lebanon Public Library

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

May
19
10:30 am10:30

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ The Children's Museum

  • The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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.

May
16
7:30 pm19:30

Tom @ The Park House

  • The Park House

Ragtime, stride, swing and funk solo piano with Tom.

Enjoy delicious food and drinks in Pittsburgh’s oldest and friendliest tavern!

No cover!!

May
16
10:30 am10:30

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ The Children's Museum

  • The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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.

May
12
10:30 am10:30

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ The Children's Museum

  • The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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.

Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts

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.)

Apr
9
3:00 pm15:00

Scary Stories @ Alphabet City

  • City of Asylum @ 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).

Feb
25
Feb 26

Mardi Gras at The Modern Café

  • The Modern Café

The Northside is your Mardi Gras destination without the vomit and urine in the streets!

Come on out to The Modern for the 2nd annual Mardi Gras celebration!

Many guest stars will make appearances!

Amber Von Liberty will sing some numbers! Wayno and Dave Kluz from Red Beans and Rice are rumored to appear!

Who else might show up?? One never knows, Do one?

Feb
23
4:00 pm16:00

Wallace's Tap Room

  • Wallace's Tap Room

Actual time TBA.

1st Annual Piano Night

Piano Night at Tipitina’s is a New Orleans tradition and I had the honor of being featured there in 1994.

Well, we are bringing the tradition to Pittsburgh when I take the stage at Wallace’s with two of my brilliant students: 25-year-old Matt Jordan and 10- (!!!!!!!!!)year-old Tadao Tomokio.

We will rip up the joint with ragtime, boogie and blues from Jelly Roll Morton, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and many, many more! A night not to be missed!!!

Feb
19
2:00 pm14:00

Tom @ the Hollywood Theater with The Flying Ace

  • The Hollywood Theater

Our monthly series of silent films with live musical accompaniment returns with a screening of the 1926 film The Flying Ace.

The film will be introduced by African American film historian and Riverbends CEO Joseph Kennedy IV, and resident pianist and early jazz expert Tom Roberts will accompany with live music.

The screening will be presented on 35mm, with a print loaned by The Library of Congress.

This six-reel film, made by Norman Studios in Jacksonville, Florida, features Laurence Criner as the fighter ace, Captain Billy Stokes, who returns to the United States after World War I, with Kathryn Boyd, as Ruth Sawtelle, his admirer and flying pilot. Her character is based on African American aviator Bessie Coleman. It is an inspiring film that is based on real people that fought in World War I.

Feb
3
8:00 pm20:00

The Red Beans & Rice Combo

  • Orbis Caffe

Please join us to celebrate the birthday of our piano prince, Tom Roberts, and to welcome Carnival season.

Small plate dinners, soft drinks, and coffee will all be available for purchase. The event is also BYOB. 

The music starts at 8:00 p.m., and you are welcome to arrive early to settle in and place your food orders.

Reservations

Cover charge is $15.  

Seating is limited, so stop in at Orbis or call 412-563-1220 to reserve your table.

Attire

Ladies and gentlemen attending are encouraged to mask for Mardi Gras or spiff up as formally or casually as you desire.

Join us for an elegant, fun, and funky evening... and wear your dancing shoes.

Musicians

The Combo is Dave Klug, Tom Roberts & Wayno.

Jan
29
4:00 pm16:00

The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show

  • St. Bernard Church

Tom performs his scores LIVE for the films The Rink, The Pawn Shop and a newly revised version of One A.M. with Mary Beth Malek on the clarinet. 

Free will donation for this family friendly event which appeals to everyone on different levels of consciousness! 

Intrigued? Wait ‘til you hear the story of the staff of Jerry’s Records, the college professors, and the Holocaust survivors! 

If you’ve seen it before, see it again! You will discover new wonders within the films and scores!

Jan
17
7:30 pm19:30

Tom @ the Park House

  • The Park House

Ragtime, stride, swing and funk solo piano with Tom.

Enjoy delicious food and drinks in Pittsburgh’s oldest and friendliest Tavern! 

No cover!!

 

Nov
19
7:00 pm19:00

Red Rice and Beans Combo

  • Orbis Caffe

The Red Beans & Rice Combo are pleased to bring their musical smorgasbord to Orbis Caffe.

The band features Dave Klug on drums, percussion, and "Kluger Soundboard"; Tom Roberts on piano, whistling, and vocals; and Wayno on vocals, harmonica, and ukulele.

The Combo serves up a savory mix of New Orleans R&B, rock & roll nuggets, barroom ballads, and a jazzy dash of Tin Pan Alley, with a generous side of wit and humor. There may be a few holiday songs.

Small Plates & BYO

Our friends at Orbis Caffe will have delicious small plate dinners available for purchase, plus their full selection of coffees, teas, and soft drinks.

You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage of choice.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Arrive early to find your favorite table and order some food. The music starts at 8 p.m..

Tickets

Tickets are available online at ShowClix or in person at Orbis Caffe.

Dress Code

Ladies and gentlemen attending are encouraged to dress for an elegant and funky evening.

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