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Thursday 11

Jazz jam

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 or visit http://www.cjsinthestrip.com.

Friday 12

Step up

The Center for Organ & Recovery Education will host “Step Up to Speak Up” from 6-8 p.m. at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The event will feature step teams from historically African-American fraternities and sororities along with spoken word performers sharing their talents around the importance of organ and tissue donation for African- Americans. These two expressions will be featured as a part of the state’s effort to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donor designation among African-Americans. For more information, visit http://www.StepUptoSpeakUp.org.

Saturday 13

Film premier

Pittsburgh Filmmaker Nikki Young presents “Whistle Lesson” at 4 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a 25-minute film about a young girl’s special relationship with her grandfather, the valuable lessons he teaches her and the enduring strength of family ties and spiritual bonds. The premier will be followed by a question and answer discussion with Young. The film will be premiered during the International Festival of Children’s Films. For more information, visit http://www.nikkiyofilms.com.

Jazz icon

The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild presents The McCoy Tyner Quartet at 7 p.m. at 1815 Metropolitan St., Manchester. Tyner, with 50 years of performances, has a blues-based piano style replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand, has transcended conventional styles to become one of the greatest musicians in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

Sunday 14

Sunday night jazz

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at the Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., North Shore. The featured entertainer will be the Virgil Walters Trio, remembering John D’Amico and Bobby Negri, along with DUQ’s Tony Mowod as the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Monday 15

Jam session

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 be spinning the vinyl. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlounge.net.

Tuesday 16

JazzLive

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education & Community Engagement presents JazzLive from 5-11 p.m. at Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Tuesday some of Pittsburgh’s most talented jazz musicians will perform. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Jay-Z

Live Nation presents Jay-Z: The BP3 Tour at 7:30 p.m. at the Mellon Arena, 66 Mario Lemieux Place, Hill District. Jay-Z, one of hip-hop’s greatest artists, will be touring to promote his album, “The Blueprint 3.” With him are Young Jeezy and Trey Songz. For more information, visit http://www.LiveNation.com.

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