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.


Esquivel! Space Age Sound Artist
7:00 PM19:00

Esquivel! Space Age Sound Artist

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Come out to the Space Age Bachelor Pad—for all ages, of course—while Tom reads and brings to life this incredible kid's book to life before your very eyes and ears because stereo is the sound your eyes can follow! 

Innovative short produced by Ernie Kovacs in which the various objects of an office workspace come to life. The music they dance to is a medley ("Jalousie/Sentimental Journey") by space age pop maestro Juan Esquivel.
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7:30 PM19:30

City of Asylum presents: Cave Canem Poets

Tom provides the music by James Booker, Professor Longhair Jelly Roll Morton and other black giants of the black and whites
Chris Abani
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.  

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7:30 PM19:30

Funky First Friday with the Red Beans & Rice Combo

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.

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8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Charlie Chaplin

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.

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6:45 PM18:45

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show: East End edition

  • 5850 Centre Avenue, Apt 602 Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (map)
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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 This is the only manner of reserving your spot.

Refreshments will be served.

Arrival Information

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! 

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8:00 PM20:00

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.

The Red Beans & Rice Combo live at PCTV Studios in Pittsburgh August 2017. Produced by Francisco Soriano.

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8:00 PM20:00

Barbara Rosene and Tom Roberts

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.

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7:30 PM19:30

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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7:00 PM19:00

A Night with Charlie Chaplin


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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8:00 PM20:00

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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