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.

 


Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show @ the Mattress Factory

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show

Box office 6: 30 p.m.; show at 7 p.m.

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood as pianist Tom Roberts presents The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show with Mary Beth Malek, clarinet. The duo will perform live to accompany Chaplin films The Rink, The Pawn Shop, and Kid Auto Races at Venice California.

Popcorn will be provided by Chamber Music Pittsburgh.

Tickets

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested.

Tickets required. All ages welcome.

Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412.624.4129.

Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability.

Parking

Parking is available at 505 Jacksonia Street.

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Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Tango Trifecta

Join Tom and Alejandro Pinzon and Ada Lis Jimena as we create to super power Tango Trifecta!

Argentinean wines and Tango tunes to push you to levels of despair that you've seldom experienced!

There will be a team of counselors there to avert suicide attempts that are mentioned in almost every tango cancion!

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Louis Armstrong and the Jewish Family: Purim Party and talk by Tom Roberts on Louis Armstrong’s Jewish upbringing

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong is one of our most beloved icons but most people don't know that he was a child at risk, abandoned by his mother, and living on the streets at 6 years old.

Come and hear how his life was transformed by a Jewish family who rescued him and ultimately changed the history of music in 1907.

There is much, much more to Louis Armstrong and many more Jewish connections than you've ever imagined. 

Find out these details and other fascinating stories at this lecture by Tom Roberts, a renowned Pittsburgh jazz pianist and scholar of early jazz.

We start with a short Megillah reading followed by the lecture and dessert reception. Costumes with a jazz theme are especially welcome.

More info, directions and reservations

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Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Red Beans & Rice Combo at Bier's Pub

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We're pleased to announce back-to-back North Side shows coming up in February.

We'll follow up with a return visit to Bier's Pub on Friday, February 22.

(We'll be at Scratch Food & Beverage for the first time the night before on Thursday, February 21.)

Both venues offer impressive food and beverage menus, and both nights are free and open to the public (over 21 only, please). Warm up with some great food and drink, pick up a copy of our CD, and tap your feet while we play some of our favorite tunes to get you into the Mardi Gras spirit.

We hope to see you at one (or both) of these appearances, or in the near future.


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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Red Beans & Rice Combo at Scratch

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We're pleased to announce back-to-back North Side shows coming up in February.

We'll be at Scratch Food & Beverage for the first time on Thursday, February 21.

We'll follow up with a return visit to Bier's Pub on Friday, February 22.

Both venues offer impressive food and beverage menus, and both nights are free and open to the public (over 21 only, please). Warm up with some great food and drink, pick up a copy of our CD, and tap your feet while we play some of our favorite tunes to get you into the Mardi Gras spirit.

We hope to see you at one (or both) of these appearances, or in the near future.


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Feb
18
5:30 PM17:30

Valentango!

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A happy hour (or three) full of music and drinks at the Church Brew Works—where sacred meets sexy!

Samplings of Brew Works handcrafted beers. Drink specials and bar menu available. Raffle prizes. Spontaneous opera singing.

Suggested donation: $5. Festival Fans come free! Learn how to become a Festival Fan.

For questions or more information, contact Debra Schurko at debraschurko@pittsburghfestivalopera.org.

Learn more about Resaca Tango Duo

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Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Great Buster

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We are finally bringing the incredible documentary by Peter Bogdanovich to Pittsburgh! 

The Great Buster

And what's even better:
The Great Maureen Conlon Gutierrez will be joining me as we perform live to Buster Keaton's amazing silent short The Scare Crow!

Those of you who attended The Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra tribute to James Reese Europe last month heard her create magic with her glorious playing. Wait til you hear her here!

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Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Red Beans & Rice Combo: Holiday Spectacular

The Red Beans & Rice Combo returns to the Allegheny Elks Lodge for our 2018 Holiday Spectacular.

Once again, we'll be joined by our friend Rick Sebak, who will perform a dramatic recitation of "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," and throw in some other seasonal surprises.

We'll play our favorite holiday numbers, along with our usual selection of rockin' rhythm & jazz.

The Elks Lodge features a full bar, which will be open for this event.

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Cookies

You're encouraged to bring along a plate or two of cookies for a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table.

Doors open; tickets

Doors open 7 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $12.50 advance; $15 cash at door

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Tango Bar

Where can you enjoy a living Argentine Tango performance in the Burgh? The Indigo Hotel in East Liberty is bringing a taste of Argentina through "Tango Bar".

Listen and dance at this one-of-a-kind event that you can't experience anywhere else!

A night filled with romance and passion through the exquisite voice of Ada Lis Jimena (Argentine singer) and the musical genius of Tom Roberts (pianist), this is something you won't want to miss.

More info

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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra's tribute to the Harlem Hellfighters

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Join us as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a rare opportunity to share the music of Lieut. James Reese Europe performed by the Allegheny City Ragtime Orchestra. Europe was a leading figure in the American music and military circles in the early 20th century.

About James Reese Europe & The Harlem Hell Fighters

Arranger, composer, union organizer and Army National Guard Lieutenant, Europe led his men to Carnegie Hall and on the Western Front. Europe served as band leader and officer for the 369th Infantry Regiment, named “The Harlem Hellfighters” for their battlefield prowess.

Sent to assist the French, the 369th was the first black American infantry regiment to fight in WWI and spent more time under fire than any other US military unit. They’re among the most decorated American units of WWI. The 369th Infantry Regiment band gained equal notoriety by extensive touring overseas and introducing American jazz to Europe.

Tickets

$20 Advance reserved seating
$25 at the door
$5 youth under 12

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m

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Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

Tango @ Mansions on Fifth

Is live music your thing? Do you like to watch dancers perform the Tango, or maybe even join in yourself? How about watching a painting transform before your eyes?

If you said yes to any of these, then mark your calendar and stop by the Mansions on Fifth. It will be a rousing night of dance, music and art.

  • Live painting demonstrations of Tango dancers by me and Claire Hardy

  • Tango music by renowned musicians Tom Roberts and Alejandro Pinson

  • Tango dancing by Koichiro (Chewy) Suzuki and Yulia Zhukoff

  • Specialty drinks and complimentary charcuterie

  • A brand-new art exhibition "City Views and Vistas"


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Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Red Beans & Rice Combo CD Release Party: Let The Joy Begin!

Pittsburgh’s rockin' rhythm & jazz trio, The Red Beans & Rice Combo, returns to Elks Lodge #339 on the North Side to celebrate the release of their debut recording, LET THE JOY BEGIN! on Bonedog Records.

Join the Combo in the fabulous Allegheny Room for an evening of music and surprises, and pick up a CD for some Red Beans & Rice to go.

The Elks Lodge features a full service cash bar, and you're welcome to bring snacks to share at your table.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Why Louis Armstrong Matters

There is much, much more to Louis Armstrong than you could ever imagine! Whatever your generation, you might associate him with “What a Wonderful World”, or “Hello Dolly” or “Cabaret”. These were hits from the last decade of his life, but did you realize that Louis Daniel Armstrong single-handedly changed everything about music?

During the 1920s Armstrong created the very essence of solo-oriented jazz performance through the sheer power and brilliance of his being. His influence extended far beyond the world of jazz: classical musicians were also deeply affected by his sound. We can’t hear any piece of music anymore without hearing traces of the genius of Louis Armstrong.

Come learn how a child from the poorest and most dangerous neighborhood in the Deep South rose above poverty and prejudice to become America’s Ambassador of Goodwill.

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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Fonky New OrYinz Piano Summit!!!

If you like piano music, especially New Orleans-influenced piano music, come join us on August 17. We are going to ease into the Music For MS 2018 weekend by borrowing M4MS headliner Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes' amazing keyboard player, Josh Paxton, to perform with Pittsburgh's own virtuoso Tom Roberts.

How good are these guys? Well, Josh is one of the finest players from New Orleans (a town that has a reputation for piano players), and quite literally wrote the book on James Booker. Tom's accomplishments are too numerous to summarize, but according to Jazz Beat Magazine “Tom Roberts is without question one of the finest pianists today in the exciting Harlem stride piano style.“

Another excellent Pittsburgh piano player, Bill Maruca, will act as our emcee.

This event will be conducted in the intimate confines of Steamworks Creative, only 50 tickets will be available. BYOB!

The Piano Summit kicks off the weekend of Music For MS 2018. Josh and Tom will also be performing at Music For MS the next day—Josh with headliner Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes, Tom with The Red Beans & Rice Combo. More information is available at MusicForMS.org.

Music lovers: Steamworks is a listening room. No yapping audience members talking over the performers, no cell phone videos, etc. You will be able to fully enjoy the music, promise.

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