Charismatic Nightlife and the August Wilson Center presents The Soul Garden featuring N’Dambi at 7:30 p.m. at AWC, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This signature Soul Music Showcase features recording artist N’Dambi. There will be a happy hour. For more information, call 412-338-8742.
The Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents “Harriet Tubman Loved Somebody” by William Mayfield at 8 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall, 7th floor Auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This is the first performance of the 2010-11 season, which celebrates playwrights influenced by Rob Penny. This play explores the strong spirit of one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad and why she chose to lead hundreds to freedom versus saving herself. For more information, call 412-624-8498 or visit www.kuntu.org.
Club Duo presents Smooth Jazz Friday’s from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland. This is a mix of smooth jazz featuring the Smooth Groove Band and DJ Sly Jock. Roland Ford will also get the evening started with line dancing. There will be a complimentary buffet and drinks. This is an over 30 event and patrons cannot wear timberlands, jeans or sneakers. The admission is $10. For more information, call 412-734-8470.
Jazz seminar concert
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music presents their 40th Annual Jazz Seminar Concert at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This is an all-star concert featuring musicians from all over the country. Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson will be the Master of Ceremonies and there will be a presentation of the Jazz Seminar Committee and an induction into the Pitt International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.proartstickets.org.
Sunday night jazz
The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at The GrandView Buffet Restaurant at The Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., North Shore. Al Dowe and Etta Cox will be featured, along with DUQ’s Tony Mowod as the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit www.pittsburghjazz.org.
AVA Lounge presents Live Jazz with The Interval Trio & Friends at 8:30 p.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Every Monday DJ J. Malls will be spinning jazz vinyls, followed by an open jam session. Also from 5:30-8:30 p.m. there is a pre-Interval happy hour featuring the jazzy sounds of DJ Stephan from the New Pittsburgh Courier. There is no cover. For more information, visit www.shadowlounge.net.
From Kongo to Brazil
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents “From Kongo to Brazil” at 8 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The show features the Nego Gato Afro Brazilia, Music and Dance Ensemble with special guest Titos Sompa from Kongo, Brazzaville. This is a celebration of Gato’s 25 years in America. The show gives an experience of the living history of Africans brought to Brazil during the period of slave trade through music and dance. For more information, call 412-201-4546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s JazzLive Series presents Lou Donaldson and his Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Donaldson is a jazz legend and has played with numerous all-star jazz musicians. This is a rare live engagement. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.pgharts.org.