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Jazz Line Up at Andys at Farimont Pittsburgh

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Jazz Line Up at Andys at Farimont Pittsburgh

Time: September 8, 2010 at 5:30pm to October 2, 2010 at 8:30pm
Location: Andys at Fairmont Pittsburgh
Street: 510 Market Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-773-8884
Event Type: live, jazz, downtown, four, night, per, week
Organized By: Tania Grubbs & Daniel May
Latest Activity: Sep 28, 2010

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Event Description


Fairmont Pittsburgh will introduce Jazz at Andys, a series of September concerts in the hotel’s lobby and bar, Andys, beginning September 8, 2010. Wednesdays through Saturdays, guests will be treated to jazz and world music performances by the city’s finest vocalists and musicians. Fairmont Pittsburgh music directors, Daniel May and Tania Grubbs, organized the music series.
“Fairmont Pittsburgh is already an important part of the Cultural District due to our close proximity to theaters and galleries, as well as our partnerships with many cultural organizations,” said Len Czarnecki, General Manager of Fairmont Pittsburgh. “We are already a meeting place for those going to or coming from shows and are taking our commitment to the arts one step further by offering performances right here in the hotel.”
Andys bar is inspired by Pittsburgh’s most well-known Andys - Carnegie and Warhol - and takes a fun and sophisticated spin on the city’s heritage of art and industry. Andys features expertly created cocktails made from fresh ingredients and a carefully selected wine and beer menu, as well as a light menu of artisan cheeses and handmade chocolates, small plates, salads, sandwiches and desserts. For those with more time to linger and an interest in fine dining, Habitat restaurant is located on the second floor overlooking the hotel lobby.
“Andys will no doubt be the hip destination in the city for first-class live jazz music,” said co-music director Daniel May. “And the casual environment in Andys means you can sit back, relax, eat, drink and socialize while listening.”
Performance times are 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Wednesdays-Thursdays) and 7:00-11:00 p.m. (Fridays-Saturdays). There is no cover charge and self-parking under the hotel is $6 after 4:00 p.m. Andys, located at 510 Market Street, is open daily from noon to midnight.
Performance Schedule
Wednesday 9/8 Tania Grubbs
Thursday 9/9 Carolyn Perteete
Friday 9/10 Maureen Budway
Saturday 9/11 Kenia
Wednesday 9/15 Lilly Abreu
Thursday 9/16 Carolyn Perteete
Friday 9/17 Donna Bailey
Saturday 9/18 Jessica Lee
Wednesday 9/22 Tania Grubbs
Thursday 9/23 Maureen Budway
Friday 9/24 Kenia
Saturday 9/25 Jessica Lee
Wednesday 9/29 Maureen Budway
Thursday 9/30 Tania Grubbs
Friday 10/1 Carolyn Perteete
Saturday 10/2 Lilly Abreu

For more information, please call 412.773.8884 or visit

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