Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Roger Day

Roger Day

Artistic Category Artist

Bésame, Ernie Hawkins, Blues Orphans, Klezlectic, Musuhallpa, Alma Mura, Deep Breath.

Occasionally with Jon Bañuelos, Geña and Peña, Miguel Sague (II and III), Nelson Harrison, Anne Feeney, Daryl Fleming, Opek 15, and many many others.

Career Level Mid-career
Experienced With Collaboration, For-hire services, Lectures, Performances, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements
Tuba Sin Fronteras (c)
Music is my medicine.  And I'm heavily medicated. (c)



“Tuba Sin Fronteras”, aka “Professor Beautiful”. Over forty-five years of utter comfort with jazz of every kind, latin of every kind, Croatian, Portuguese fado, heavy metal, soul, hip hop, klezmer, Irish and Scots, R&B, rock, classical solo, free improv. Whisper-quiet to loud; any key, rhythm or tempo; as bass or as lead. 

Studied with Ken McIntyre and Sam Rivers at Wesleyan. Performed with Ed Blackwell, who ended our concert with "Hubba hubba tuba!". Quinnipiac Jazz Festival 1971 'best miscellaneous', tied with Stanley Clarke. Declared "musician deserving wider recognition" in Downbeat Magazine 1971 by Coltrane biographer Bill Cole. A charter member in the '70s of Talking Drum, an African and reggae band featuring Abraham Azdzenyah.

In Pittsburgh, gradually became a fixture in many music scenes, in recent years with an exploding calendar. Performed at well over 150 distinct venues in Pittsburgh and vicinity. Currently active with Alma Mura, Bésame, Blues Orphans, Klezlectic, Musuhallpa, and New Orleans trio with Nelson Harrison; occasionally with Geña and Peña, Miguel Sague (II and III), Preach Freedom, Moe Seager, and many others. Previously with Ernie Hawkins, Molly in the Crowd, Charles Wallace, Daryl Fleming, Unspunt with Lee Robinson, Opek 15, Onda Brasil. 

Annual soloist for the Run Around the Square 10K race.  

Frequent performer with Musicians With a Mission, in nursing homes, rehab facilities, assisted living.

Recorded CDs with Ernie Hawkins (2), Bésame, Blues Orphans, Musuhallpa, and on individual tracks for Daryl Fleming, Christopher Jones, Peter King, Anne Feeney, Bruce Hoffman, Ethan Winograd. 

Accorded Soloist status with Pittsburgh’s famed Tuesday Musical Club.

Played many special events; here are a few:  

·               Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra at Hidden Valley. 

·               World premiere of Three Birds' multimedia Artesana with Jennifer Orchard and Jessica Hohman.

·               Solo performance for Gynecologic Cancer Foundation.

·               The Beck Songbook with Richard Gartner orchestra at Club Cafe.

·               Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre with Klezlectic.

·               Guest performer at several restaurants in Bogotá.

·               Emerging Legends series at Cup and Chaucer, duo with Janice Coppola.

·               Alton Merrill dissertation concert.

·               Jem Finer’s world premiere of Shortplayer, for seven instruments


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217


  • Hip Hop
  • Acoustic
  • Fusion
  • Blues
  • Brass
  • Classical
  • Folk
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz
  • Other
  • R&B
  • Rhythm and Blues
  • Rock
  • Solo performer
  • Storytelling


  • Alternative