Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis

August Wilson Center
April 10, 17 & 24
Various times

A red cardigan and blue canvas sneakers. A miniature trolley and friendly puppets. These iconic items conjure cherished memories of Fred Rogers inviting us all into his living room for 30 minutes of imagination, creativity and caring each day.

The show’s unforgettable songs such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and “Tomorrow” are just an integral to the endearing power of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Relive this timeless music during National Jazz Appreciation Month, which will spotlight Fred Rogers’ love of the musical genre and mark the show’s 50th anniversary.

On April 17 at the August Wilson Center, don’t miss an all-star concert featuring legendary jazz guitarist and educator Joe Negri — who played Handyman Negri on the show — renowned trumpeter Sean Jones, vocalist Carolyn Perteete, artistic director Jevon Rushton and others.

The series culminates April 24 with a performance by the Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and bandleader Branford Marsalis.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.