Stride piano player, Tom Roberts, brings his celebrated Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show to115 Sedgwick Street in Millvale (the former Panza Gallery) on December 1, 2022.
The event will include four short silent films starring Charlie Chaplin, and will be accompanied live by pianist, Tom Roberts.
An internationally regarded proponent of early jazz piano, Jazz Beat Magazine described Roberts as “without question, one of the finest pianists today.”
Roberts has arranged and performed music for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Martin Scorcese’s Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator , as well as multiple appearances at the prestigious Jazz in July with Dick Hyman at New York’s 92nd Street.
Tom has performed multiple times at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival including a solo performance at The Professor Longhair Society’s Piano Night At Tipitina’s . He has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Kiellor, and was pianist and musical director for Leon Redbone.
In 2012, The Pittsburgh Symphony commissioned Tom to compose original scores to two of Chaplin’s Mutual Films: The Rink and One A.M. and he chose to do so in a manner that Chaplin would have approved. The result was miraculous, and people have described the experience as “magical, as if being in a dream!”
Since that time he has toured the event throughout the region, placing it in unusual venues hoping to share this with as many people as possible. Since his work with the Symphony, Roberts has composed new scores for two more of Chaplin’s films: The Pawn Shop (1916); and the film in which Chaplin introduced his iconic little tramp; Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914).
The amazing thing about these films is that they still speak to us today.
Proceeds will go to the venue and performer to cover costs.