Christopher Cross Plays Jergel’s; B-PEP Jazz Event at Bridges; Pirates’s Opener (Mon., 4/2/18)

1) Only one artist has won all four of the General Field Grammy Awards in one ceremony: Christopher Cross. Those awards are Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist. He won the first two for “Sailing” and the third for his eponymous debut album, which was released in 1979. Cross added an Oscar to all those Grammys when he won Best Original Song in 1982. The song, which he co-wrote and performed, was “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).” It appeared in 1981’s Arthur starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. The tune also appeared as a bonus track on the CD and cassette versions of Cross’s sophomore album, 1983’s Another Page. Cross has continued to record and release music, most recently 2017’s Take Me As I Am. The album cover, like most of Cross’s releases, features a flamingo. Cross, who is from San Antonio, Texas, plays Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (CM)

2) It’s the 13th Anniversary for B-PEP Jazz, the Black Political Empowerment Project’s celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. The event which will be held at Bridges at Wyndham University Center in Oakland features host bands Roger Humphries & the R H Factor and the The Tim Stevens Project. There will also be an amazing amount of guest jazz artists performing including: Kenny Blake, Etta Cox, Poogie Bell, Harold Betters, Al Dowe, Kevin Howard, Keith Stebler,Hill Jordan, and the Afro American Music Institute Youth Jazz Ensemble. There’s even guest emcees. Chris Moore, Bill Hillgrove, Bob Pompeani, Andrew Stockey, Debbie Norrell, Chuck Leavens, and Bob Studebaker are some of those who will be doing the announcing. And to top off the jazz lovers nirvana, J.T Thomas, former Steeler Super Bowl champion is the honorary chairman. 5:30 p.m. 100 Lytton Ave. (RH)

3) “Give me some peanuts and Cracker Jack” our Pirates take on the Minnesota Twins in the home opener today. This game usually sells out so get your tickets early. If it does sell out check the internet re-seller sites and even your friendly unofficial salesperson outside PNC Park. It’s a 1:05 p.m. game so don’t forget your sunscreen in case the sun pops out from behind the clouds for an extended period of time. Oh, by the way, it’s also magnetic schedule premium day. 115 Federal St., North Shore.

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