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Tomaro, Jones trumpet tunes of the silver screen

By Bob Karlovits 5:58 p.m.
Mike Tomaro and Sean Jones see distinct advantages to performing jazz that has played a role in the movies. For Tomaro, it is a simple …

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band to play Consol on April 22

By Michael Machosky 5:56 p.m.
Imagine going into the recording studio to cut some new songs for the first time in years — always a daunting prospect. It would be …

Bassist McBride stresses attitude for jazz hopefuls

By Bob Karlovits 6:00 p.m.
Bassist Christian McBride has performed with jazz-piano great McCoy Tyner and singer-actress Queen Latifah, but he tries to provide something other than versatility. “I tell …

DVD reviews: ‘Philomena,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Ride Along’

By Garrett Conti 5:53 p.m.
“Philomena” (2013, PG-13, 98 min., $29.98) Nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture and best adapted screenplay, “Philomena” was one of the pleasant surprises …

Former PSO music director Maazel to miss several Boston Symphony dates

By Tribune-Review
Former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra music director Lorin Maazel has had to withdraw from several performances. Over the weekend, he was to lead the Munich Philharmonic …

Trumpeter nearly steals show from sax star, Horizon

By Bob Karlovits
Trumpeter Terell Stafford accomplished a difficult task at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Saturday night: He practically stole the show from alto sax star Bobby Watson and the band Horizon. Rising to that height with that band is difficult because the …

Grubbs shows great gifts on ‘Lost in the Stars’

By Tribune-Review
‘Lost in the Stars’ Tania Grubbs (Self-produced) Tania Grubbs is one of the busiest promoters in the Pittsburgh jazz scene, and one of the best singers, too. Organizing two jazz programs Downtown and one in Oakland has not kept her …

Zac Brown Band headed to First Niagara Pavilion

By Tribune-Review
The Zac Brown Band, which won a Grammy for best new artist in 2009 and best country album for “Uncaged” in 2013, is coming to …

St. Vincent shares ‘deeply personal’ music with Stage AE crowd

By Michael Machosky
Sometimes, a band or artist picks a name that gives you some clues as to their sound, attitude or approach. Sometimes, though, an artist gives …

Saxophonist Watson says Horizon’s so good, it’s almost too good

By Bob Karlovits
Bobby Watson has been looking at a bright horizon since 1983. “Whenever I walk on the stage with these guys, I say to myself, ‘Man, …

DreamOn Pittsburgh festival offers up music, ice cream in Market Square

By Rex Rutkoski
Two of life’s most powerful forces for good — sweets and sounds — combine April 11 to 13 in Market Square for the debut of …

Paul McCartney returning to Consol Energy Center

By Kellie Gormly
Former Beatle Paul McCartney, who was the first performer at the newly opened Consol Energy Center in August 2010 with back-to-back, instantly sold-out shows, is …

Connellsville native Scott Blasey is living the dream

By Linda Harkcom
Scott Blasey never dreamed of being a rock star when he was growing up in Connellsville. Little did he know that one day he would …

Yo-Yo Ma to receive first Fred Rogers Legacy Award

By Stacey Federoff
In a 1985 episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Yo-Yo Ma, the world-renowned cellist, performs two Bach movements before the show’s host tells his audience; “Do …

PSO pairs cartoons with live soundtracks in ‘Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II’

By William Loeffler
Wile E. Coyote had it easy. Sure, his obsession with trapping the elusive Roadrunner inevitably meant that he got flattened by one of his own …

Violinist Stefan Jackiw’s solo soars for PSO

By Bob Karlovits
Violinist Stefan Jackiw quickly established Friday night why he has been a sought-after soloist since he was 12. With energy that equaled his lyricism, he performed Felix Mendelssohn’s well-known violin concerto in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Debussy and Ravel” concerts …

Review: Cher holds nothing back in Pittsburgh stop

By Rachel Weaver
One of Cher’s songs most popular songs, “Strong Enough,” features the lyric “This is our last goodbye, it’s true.” To a packed house at Consol …

JazzLive festival to be ‘little different this year’

By Bob Karlovits
From the fusion of the jam band Snarky Puppy to the classic sound of the Jazz Messenger Legacy Band, the JazzLive International Festival will examine …

Patinkin brings his singing skills to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

By Alice T. Carter
Mandy Patinkin is a performer with many facets. Fans of musical theater know him for his roles in Broadway shows that include “Evita,” “The Secret …

River City Brass goes to the Rat Pack

By Bob Karlovits
Big-band concerts always provide a challenge for members of River City Brass. Not only do the players have to swing, but often they have to …