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.


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

  • Parkway Jewish Center 300 Princeton Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15235 (map)
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.

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