Pittsburgh jazz

Cool Picks Monday September 17, 2012

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1) Hip-hop artist GZA performs tonight at Altar Bar. Also on the bill are Sweet Valley, Killer Mike, Bear Hands. 7:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

2) The Smiling Moose  hosts raunchy and humorous comedian Neil Hamburger, whose video performances include That’s Not Gold, That’s Dung; and Comedy Death Ray.  Hamburger’s favorite targets include celebrities and corporations.  With special guests Nick Flanagan, Robert Hibbs. 10:30 p.m. 1306 E. Carson St. (upstairs), South

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Cool Picks Sunday September 16, 2012

Cool Picks brings you the best in Pittsburgh entertainment every day!

1) Macy’s is presenting Elephant Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.  Celebrate the zoo’s elephant herd’s birthdays. Festivities include: Face painting, crafts, animal presentations. You can also join in and sing “Happy Birthday,” eat birthday cake, dance, play games and possibly win prizes. No word yet if the elephants will play “pin the tail on the donkey.” 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free with zoo admission. Highland Park.

2) The

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Cool Picks Tuesday September 11, 2012

Cool Picks brings you the best in Pittsburgh entertainment every day!

1) Rock group Rush plays the Consol Energy Center. The band is touring in support of their latest album “Clockwork Angels.” Rush is best known for hits: Working Man, Fly By Night, Closer to the Heart. 7:30 p.m. Uptown.

2) Sondre Lerche, a Norwegian singer/songwriter who also plays guitar, plays a show at the New Hazlett Theater. Opening is Brooklyn group Fancy Colors. 8 p.m. North Side.

3) The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust & BNY

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Cool Picks Monday September 10, 2012

1) It’s the Savoy Jazz Anniversary at the Savoy Restaurant, with host band, the Roger Humphries Trio. Special guest artists this week are world-renown jazz trumpet player Sean Jones and radio personality Bob Studebaker. 6-10 p.m. 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District.

2) A Face in the Crowd, a 1957 film directed by Elia Kazan, starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal, screens at the Hollywood Theater. The film chronicles the rapid rise to fame of a folksy, charismatic wanderer/hobo who masks his real, self-serving personality.  7

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Cool Picks Tuesday September 4, 2012

1) Jersey Boys is back in town. This entertaining, Grammy and Tony award-winning production, based on the life and songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi), has been “big box office”  all over the world. 7:30 p.m. Benedum Center, Downtown. Runs through September 23rd.

2) BNY Mellon presents JazzLive with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Roby Edwards, “super sax” player, gives an outdoor concert at Agnes Katz Plaza. 5-7 p.m.  Corner of Penn Avenue & 7th

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Cool Picks Tuesday August 28, 2012

1) Alton Merrell brings his gospel/jazz/funk sound to the Agnes Katz plaza stage today as part of the BNY Mellon Trust Arts JazzLive Tuesdays. Merrel’s musical mission statement reads “to create music that will minister love, healing, joy, deliverance and peace to people around the world.” That’s one of the best mission statements I’ve heard in awhile! 5-7 p.m. Corner of Penn Avenue & 7th Street. Free.

2) Join the “Carnival of Madness” going on at Stage AE. On the alternative rock tour

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Cool Picks Sunday August 26, 2012

1) Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street continues through today. Check out some cool art and eat at some of the great restaurants and bistros in Shadyside including: Crepes Parisiennes, Pizzutti’s, Pamela’s, Up Modern Kitchen, China Palace, Steel Cactus, Thai Place, Chica Loca Taco, Girasole. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shadyside. Free.

2) The Duran Duran show was postponed today due to keyboardist Nick Rhodes being ill with a viral infection. New date should be announced soon.The UK’s Duran Duran brings their collection

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Cool Picks Tuesday August 21, 2012

1) My Morning Jacket  plays an outdoor concert tonight at Stage AE. They put together a nice combination of vocals, guitars, keyboards and drums that reach its highest peak in their song Lay Low. Band of Horses is the opening act. Gates open 6 p.m., North Shore.

2) Neil Young Journeys is a new concert/movie collaboration between rocker Neil Young and director, Jonathan Demme. The film follows Young back to the town in southern Ontario, Omemee, where he spent the formative years of

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Cool Picks Tuesday July 17, 2012

1) Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Week continues with the Waterfront Car Cruise with 500 cars of all marques (brand names). 5-9 p.m. $5 donation is requested. Waterfront Shopping Center, Homestead.

2) Jazz Keyboardist, Kevin Howard, plays the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s BNY Mellon JazzLive concert series outdoors at Agnes Katz Plaza. 5-7 p.m. Penn & Seventh Avenues, Downtown.

3) Altar Bar presents alternative rockers Saving Abel; also on the bill are Fall From Grace and Anthems of Apathy in an all ages show starting at

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Cool Picks Monday July 9, 2012

1) The Roger Humphries (a Pittsburgh institution if you’re a jazz aficionado) Trio  plays Savoy Restaurant in the Strip every Monday, featuring  a special guest each week. This weeks special guest is Eric Johnson, jazz guitarist. Savoy Jazz Mondays go from 6 – 10 p.m. 2623 Penn Ave. Strip District.

2) Craig King hosts the Thunderbird Cafe’s “Open Stage” night. 9:30 p.m. start. No cover. 4023 Butler Street, Lawrenceville.

3) “It’s A Girl”  the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium proudly announces on their website in regards to the

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