River Vue Patio

Come listen to great performances at the River Vue Patio - 300 Liberty Ave. Here you'll find jazz, contemporary, swing, rock, sing-a-longs, and so much more...

 
 

The Frank Cunimondo Group

He was born in Pittsburgh and began playing music at the age of 6 studying classical piano. As a teenager he made a transition to jazz. He attended George Westinghouse High School, where other notable jazz musicians had also been students including Ahmad Jamal and Erroll Garner. He later attended Carnegie Tech, which subsequently became Carnegie Mellon University.

 

In his early teens, he began to play professionally at a number of clubs around Pittsburgh. At 19, he toured a number of cities including Atlantic City and Miami. In Pittsburgh, he played at many local jazz haunts, most notably, The Crawford Grill. He often shared a stage with the young George Benson.

 

In the 1950s, Frank Cunimondo moved to New York City where he continued playing professionally and immersed himself into the jazz scene. He eventually returned to Pittsburgh permanently.

 

Read more about Frank here

Joe DeFazio

Joe DeFazio is a local piano expert who founded and incorporated his own piano tuning and repair business in 2004.

David Gurwin

Pianist, composer and arranger David Gurwin began playing the piano at age six and first performed professionally at the age of 14.  He leads The David Gurwin Trio (featuring bassist Mark Perna and drummer Vince Taglieri). In college, David performed as the pianist with the Ohio State Jazz Ensembles and led a trio featuring recording artist Kim Pensyl. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, David has performed as a solo artist and leader of his trio with a variety of other gifted musicians, including guitarist Alan Schulman, bassist Dane Richeson, tenor saxophonist Don Aliquo, Sr. and alto saxophonist Richie Cole. He has recorded two solo albums, …From the Fourth Room and Old Friends, New Acquaintances (which are available at www.davidgurwin.bandcamp.com).

 

 

In addition to being a jazz pianist, David is a nationally recognized entertainment lawyer.  He also is an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches a course on Law & the Arts to students in the Master of Arts Management Program. 

Laurie Kudis

“I can entertain myself for hours with this thing. Literally, all perception of how long I’ve been at it goes right out the window”  Keyboardist, songwriter, and front woman for the Pittsburgh based groove rock band Charm & Chain, Laurie has been fascinated by the piano for as long as she can remember.  “There was a children’s piano program at Carnegie Mellon, and when I was around five I was old enough to start attending and it was the best because every Saturday morning I got to spend hours doing all of these fun musical, creative, and piano things.  I’m not sure how enjoyable it was for the rest of my family that came and waited each week, but I was in my glory.” Laurie has also studied songwriting, jazz and rock piano with several Berklee instructors, has performed with various Pittsburgh acts, and founded the band Charm & Chain, which just released their third album this past year.  “As a songwriting tool, it’s exciting to experiment sonically with different synths and vintage keyboards, but nothing beats sitting down to my baby Kawaii with the spark of an idea, a word, a phrase, or a visual, and creating a song from just that single thought and the pure sound of the piano.”

Andrew Lasswell

Howl at the Moon

About Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon is the leading nightlife destination for live music. With fifteen locations nationwide and onboard three Norwegian Cruise Line ships, Howl's high-energy live music show is centered around dance hits and party anthems that make any night a non-stop party. 

 

Howl at the Moon Pittsburgh opened its doors in April 2015, downtown in the Cultural District on 7th Ave. The show runs four nights/week every Wednesday through Saturday, with a live band taking audience requests from 8pm-2am. Pianos are the heart of the show, but our players also bounce around on drums, bass, and guitar to cover all of your favorite songs. Howl Pittsburgh is perfect place to celebrate birthdays, bachelorette parties, and unforgettable special events.

 

About the Howl Pittsburgh Players

Patrick Hyzy hails from Buffalo, NY and has been a multi-instrumentalist at Howl at the Moon Pittsburgh since its inception. He has found many ways to the stage, from Bach choirs to Beatles cover bands, symphonic compositions, and musical theatre acting. He holds a BM in Music Composition with additional emphases in voice and jazz from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and is now studying graduate music education at Carnegie Mellon.

 

Kim Maverick is a singer-songwriter-scribbler who has been playing at Howl Pittsburgh since fall 2015. She received a Bachelor of Music in performance and composition from her hometown University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada). Once a front woman and keyboardist in rock bands, she now spends her days writing for other artists and coaching young singers. She loves practicing drums and never gets sick of playing Don’t Stop Believing.

 

Natalie Rogers is a singer, songwriter, and musician from the North Hills of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, studying classical and jazz voice. She is experienced singing weddings, national anthems, and as a member of large ensemble choirs. In 2015, she released her first EP of R&B-infused electro pop, entitled Vibrant Heart. She has been playing at Howl Pittsburgh for two and half years.

Kyley Klass is a Pittsburgh native who began playing at Howl Pittsburgh in summer 2017 while training for her BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University. When she is not performing at Howl, she writes and leads contemporary worship music at Community Church in Harrison City. She also teaches voice privately and with music theatre groups in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Louis Schreiber

Lou Schreiber is a very gifted pianist who began playing at the age of three. Lou has been blind since birth, but his family realized early that his hearing and his perfect pitch were exceptional. He would hear music on the radio and toddle over to the piano to play what he heard. Seeing his natural giftedness for music, his Father began teaching him piano at home. At the age of eight, Lou began taking formal lessons at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children and by the eighth grade he was playing out professionally. During his career he has played and sat in with such greats as George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson and The Four Freshmen. He has also worked with singer Allan Harris in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and New York City. Lou is well known in Pittsburgh for his incredible talent on the piano and woodwinds and has been heard playing at fine establishments around town, such as The LaMont, The Colony, and The William Penn Hotel where he played for eighteen years. He has recorded with many different artists in and around Pittsburgh and could often be heard on our local Jazz station, WQUD. Lou is also a Registered Piano Technician and has been tuning pianos in and around Pittsburgh for 55 years.

Jenny Wilson

The Jenny Wilson Trio is a jazz group that focuses on original music as well as choice classic and contemporary standards. Jenny Wilson is a composer, pianist, flutist and vocalist. Originally from Queens, New York, Jenny is a graduate of WVU’s Master of Music Jazz Pedagogy program and has toured in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Her main compositional influences are Thelonius Monk and Wayne Shorter. Her piano style is informed by Bill Evans and her connection to his music is also reflected in that like Jenny, Bill was also fine flutist. Her vocal style is influenced by Shirley Horn and Diana Krall, understated yet swinging. Jenny performs weekly at venues in Pittsburgh and Reston, VA as well as traveling during the week for concerts and private events.

Bassist Nathan Wilson is Jenny’s husband and also performs with the Squonk Opera from Pittsburgh, PA. He is especially attuned to the melodic style of playing that is a key element to the group sound.

Dr. David Glover is Chair of the Music Department and Assistant Professor of Percussion at Slippery Rock University, where he teaches applied lessons, percussion ensemble, jazz band, and the steel band (SRU Panorama). He received music degrees from The University of North Florida (B.A.E), The Florida State University (M.M. and M.M.E.), and the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.).

A drummer and percussionist since he was ten, Dr. Glover has garnered a wide range of musical influences from jazz and classical music, to rock and Afro-Caribbean styles. Dr. Glover has performed with a variety of talented artists including: Arturo Sandoval, Joe Williams, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, The Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Peabo Bryson, Bill Watrous, Regis Philbin, Rick Margitza, Nancy Wilson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ivan Lins, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Dave Liebman, The Mason Brothers, and Idina Menzel. He can be heard on recordings from: The Wash, Latin Attitude, Azucar, No Bad JuJu, The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, the acoustic jazz quartet Odd Man Out (Viewpoint Records), The Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra (SeaBreeze Records) and Sheryl Bailey and the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra (MCG Jazz) among others.

As an educator, Dr. Glover has given clinics, masterclasses, lectures, adjudications and performances at numerous regional, state, national and international conferences and conventions. He and his wife Kim (also a percussionist and educator) teach advanced high school percussionists out of their home studio. Dr. Glover’s students have gone on to District, Region and All-State honors, college and conservatory music programs, graduate music schools, performing and touring groups, as well as many becoming successful music educators and music therapists throughout the country.

Dr. Glover is a member of several professional organizations including, The Percussive Arts Society, Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society), ASCAP, The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, The Jazz Education Network, and The National Association for Music Education. He has had articles published in Modern Drummer magazine, and has been the Pennsylvania Chapter President of the Percussive Arts Society since 2008

Craig Zinger

Craig Zinger wrote/recorded the “Pierogi Shuffle” for the Pittsburgh Pirates, played at all PNC Park homegamesduring the 6th Inning Great Pierogi Races. Craig played piano for Christina Aguilera’s first studio recording session in Pittsburgh, for 3-W-S Radio’s Home For the Holidays CD Craig has opened for International recording artist, YANNI, at Pittsburgh’s Star Lake Amphitheatre. ...was featured on WPXI-TV (Channel 11) performing his G-20 Parody (visit youTube). Craig has four recordings to his credit and has received airplay on National Public Radio. Craig played for the National premiere of the Disney Movie “Angels In the Outfield” at Three Rivers Stadium. Craig has performed in concert with national recording artists including Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Lou Christie (“Lightning Strikes”), The Tokens

Craig has been showcased on WPXI-TV’s “Celebrate the Season Parade,” and performed live on KDKA-TV, for The Children’s Hospital Telethons.

Craig performed at Heinz Hall for Marvin Hamlisch’s “SEARCH FOR A STAR NIGHT”

Craig studied music at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the pianist for the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Nathan Davis.

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