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.


More of Rick Sebak's Nebby

Rick Sebak re-purposed some of the music I composed for the first two installments of Nebby and the results are delightful for "People Who've Written Books Around Here".

A set of conversations and a celebration with wordsmiths who live (or have lived) in the Pittsburgh area. It's the 3rd documentary in the NEBBY series.

From Rick Sebak's blog: The music for Route 88 had to be piano music.

From Nebby: Rick Sebak's Tales of Greater Pittsburgh:

"The coincidental connection between Route 88 and 88 keys on a piano came to me one morning in the editing room. Then I knew I wanted piano music for the whole program. I guess I was ranting about it somewhat loudly because WQED’s popular TV cook Chris Fennimore happened to be walking by the editing room, overheard me, and he said, 'Call Tom Roberts. He’s a great piano player, and I think he’d like to do this. I’ll send you his info. He’d be perfect.'"

Tom talks about "The Barbecue Prelude" and demonstrates, then Frank records the transition music from New Eagle Atlas through Monongahela City to 4th Street Barbecue in Charleroi. Route 88!

On North Side, plans for city’s first music listening room

By Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Among the many cool happenings in and around Nova Place — the old Allegheny Center Mall — a budding entity called The Bridge Music Hall aspires to find a niche.

The Bridge so far is a group of musicians, music lovers, business people and community activists who are planning a music scene the likes of which Pittsburgh hasn’t had for some time, if it ever did. If it comes off as expected next summer, The Bridge will be a 240-seat cabaret-style listening room nestled somewhere in the increasingly vibrant mixed-use village on the North Side.



Resaca Duo de Tango is Café Con Leche's resident artists for March

By Kim Lyons / NEXTpittsburgh

In partnership with Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, community organization Café con Leche is presenting a Latino Artist Residency as part of a larger effort to showcase and highlight Latinos in the Pittsburgh region.

The Resaca Tango Duo ­ of Alejandro Pinzon and Tom Roberts, which plays live Argentine music for tango dancers, will be the March resident artists, in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Perfect Pittsburgh Story Revolves 'round Jelly Roll

By Ruth Ann Dailey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What’s that line about Pittsburgh being a big small town? Or a small big city?

Whichever you pick, it’s just the size to enable people whose lives might never intersect in a megalopolis to intersect here. This easy serendipity ignites some amazing creative fires.

You can witness one such conflagration Tuesday night at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library — a unique synthesis of story, painting and Jelly Roll Morton’s jazz — but the backstory makes the event even more delightful.

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