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Thursday 31

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.

Friday 1

Friday jam session

The Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center presents the Friday Jam Session from 6-9 p.m. at 7246 Kelly St., Homewood. Enjoy fun, games, music and good food. Plus DJ Traci Lee will be in the house from 9 p.m. until. For more information, call 412-727-1395.

Root

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents “Root” at 8 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. “Root” is a spoken word opera written and performed by Vanessa German. She delves into the sound and rhythm of words in this restaging of her one-woman show that explores the role of poet and audience in relation to the ritual of theater. There will also be a performance on April 2. For more information, call 412-363-3000 or visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Saturday 2

Orchestra and Jimmy Heath

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra featuring Jimmy Heath at 8 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is the Center’s resident company’s, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, third performance. They will be under the direction of Sean Jones and will feature new work commissioned by legend Heath. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.

Sunday 3

Sunday night jazz

The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at The Grand View Buffet Restaurant at The Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., North Shore. The featured entertainment will be the White Tie Group and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Monday 4

Interval

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 will be a pre-Interval happy hour featuring the sounds of DJ Stephan. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit http://www.shadowlounge.net.

Tuesday 5

Vocal Styling series

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Department of Education & Community Engagement presents the National Jazz Appreciation Vocal Styling Series at 8 p.m. at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. April is National Jazz Appreciation month and the series pays tribute to jazz as a living and historic art form. The series is part of the Trust’s JazzLive series. This week’s performance will feature Benny Benack III & Friends: The Next Big Thing. The cover is $10.75 & $15.75. There will be an early set featuring the Toth Trio at 5 p.m. at the Backstage Bar. There’s no cover charge. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.

Friday 8

Live Recording

Trini L. Massie & 4 the Caz of Christ Productions presents “And Now A Selection From the Choir” Live Recording at 7 p.m. at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave., East Liberty. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, call 412-441-3020 or visit http://www.4thecazofchrist.org.

Saturday 16

Bold & Sanctified

Herron Enterprises presents The Bold & The Sanctified at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 161 6th St., Cultural District. The stage play written and directed by Sherri Lynn is about a church, its members and their journey through it all. For more information, call 412-456-6666.

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