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Hot picks: Jazzman Kevin Howard, Trey Anastasio Band

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Jazz keyboardist Kevin Howard
Danny Clinch
The Trey Anastasio Band
Let the reindeer games begin! 'Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' the longest-running holiday special in television history, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Dec. 4 (8 p.m.) on the CBS Television Network. Since 1964, millions of families have tuned in to watch Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Misfit Toys, save Christmas. This classic 'Animagic' special features a world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice talent of legendary performer Burl Ives (Sam the Snowman). CBS


Hot sound on a cool night

Kevin Howard has a way of warming up even the chilliest of December nights.

The contemporary jazz keyboardist has performed with stars such as Marion Meadows, Najee and Lonnie Liston Smith. He will be the star of the evening Dec. 2 at the Backstage Bar on Penn Avenue, Downtown.

With Howard will be drummer Greg Morris Jr., bassist Kenzy Piersaint and saxophonist Bobby Yates.

The band will be the feature of the weekly Happy Hour jazz program sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in the trust’s performance center.

The free event will begin at 5 p.m.

Details: 412-456-6666 or

— Bob Karlovits


Jam at the Stage

Jam-band fans have much to be thankful this year. Phish’s prime mo ver, Trey Anastasio, will bring one of his non-Phish outfits, the Trey Anastasio Band, to Stage AE on Nov. 29.

Anastasio has been making music under this name since 1998, so it’s a side project that’s got some legs — although the exact shape of the band seems to add and subtract members like Ben & Jerry’s does ice cream flavors.

The group’s new album, “Paper Wheels,” won’t be out until early 2015, but the band will preview some of its new songs on this tour.

For those who can’t wait, a free download of “Bounce,” one of the new songs, is available at

Tickets for the Stage AE gig range from $42.50 to $52.10.

Details: 800-745-3000 or

— Michael Machosky


The Holiday trio

A reindeer, a snowman and a green-skinned malcontent walk into a theater.

No, it’s not the introduction to a joke. It’s the premise for “Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch and Friends” that has become a holiday tradition at theStrand Theater in Zelienople.

Now in its fourth year, the show pays tribute to those pop-culture icons and their now-classic TV specials that have become a Christmas season must-see.

The show will combine live performers with video tributes to the shows and characters as it seeks to answer long-standing whimsical questions such as why the doll was on the Island of Misfit Toys.

The show will play at 2 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and 20 at 119 N. Main St., Zelienople.

Admission is $15 to $20, $10 to $15 for those younger than 12.

Details: 724-742-0400 or

— Alice T. Carter

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