Holiday jazz concert
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents “December Jazz,” a Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The concert will include special guest vocalist Carolyn Perteete along with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra featuring Sean Jones. This concert is the perfect way to bring in the holiday season and is for the entire family. There will be a special reception at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the concert and $50 for the concert and the reception. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.pgharts.org.
CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.
The Thunderbird Café presents Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys at 9:30 p.m. at 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. This Milwaukee Blues Band has won numerous awards and toured throughout the United States. They have received multiple People’s Choice Awards and were Grammy nominees. For more information, call Rev. Raven at 412-421-8948 or visit www.reverendraven.com.
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is the story of Marie and the adventures of her nutcracker. The show takes place in Pittsburgh and includes the Kaufmann’s clock, a Heinz delivery truck and a view of Mt. Washington. There will also be a 7 p.m. performance. The show runs through Dec. 27. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.pgharts.org.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Africana Studies presents “Nativity: A Christmas Gift” at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall, 7th floor Auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The performance will feature the Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble and is inspired by Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity,” the show explores the Christmas season through traditional West African dance and 20th century gospel music. The performances will run through Dec. 20. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, call Dorsey Records at 412-71-6607.
Sunday night jazz
The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 7-10 p.m. at the Rhythm House Café, 3029 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. The featured entertainer for Big Band December will be The Tuesday Big Band and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-221-5010 or visit www.pittsburghjazz.org.
AVA Lounge presents a Weekly Live Jazz/Jam Session with The Interval Trio & Friends at 9 p.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Every Monday jazz fans can enjoy great music from some of the best musicians. DJ J. Malls will spin the vinyls. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit www.shadowlounge.net.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education & Community Engagement presents JazzLive from 8 p.m. at Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Tuesday some of Pittsburgh’s talented jazz musicians will perform. The featured artist this week will be Alton Merril. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.pgharts.org.