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.
Pittsburgh Jazz Legends
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents Pittsburgh Jazz Legends at 6 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This event is part of the 25th celebration of the African American Heritage Day Parade. Performances will include the Pittsburgh Jazz Legends and Young Lions, James Johnson, Sean Jones and Roger Humphries. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call 412-338-8742.
The Cohen & Grigsby TRUST PRESENTS Series presents Esperanza Spalding at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural District. Spalding, winner of the 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist, is a multi-talented musician who fuses blues, funk, hip-hop, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles into one unique sound. For more information, visit www.trustarts.org.
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents the “Incredible Grace: One People, Two Continents, Three Centuries of War” Exhibit at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The exhibit by John L. Ford examines the wars that African-Americans and Africans fought during the last three centuries and how African people have supported America with incredible allegiance while they lacked the fullness of liberty for themselves and for their African homeland. The exhibit will run through Oct. 6. For more information, call 412-258-2700.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Senator John Heinz History Center presents “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” exhibit at 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. The exhibit focuses on the history of pro football in 1892 to its rise as one of the world’s most beloved sports. It features more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos and more. For more information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Sunday Night Concert
The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents its Sunday Night Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, 422 Foreland St, North Side. The featured entertainment will be the Ken Karsh Quartet and Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit www.pittsburghjazz.org.
AVA Lounge presents Interval: Live Jazz & Jam Session with The Interval Trio & DJ Malls from 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m. at 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Every Monday DJ J. Malls will be spinning jazz vinyls, followed by an open jam session. Must be 21 years or older. There is no cover. For more information, visit www.shadowlounge.net.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents JazzLive at 5 p.m. at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Tuesday guests can enjoy hot jazz from some of the most talented jazz musicians, cool drinks and great people. Jevon Rushton and Michele Bensen will be this week’s performers. For more information, visit www.trustarts.org.
Gem of the Ocean
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents “Gem of the Ocean” at 7 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This play features the character Aunt Esther, who opens her home to a troubled migrant from the rural South Citizen Bartlow, and portrays the emotional and physical journey that Bartlow goes through. There will also be a performance on Oct. 9. For more information, visit www.augustwilsoncenter.org.