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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 2016-11-7 - guitarist, Mark Lucas with The Roger Humphries Trio

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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 2016-11-7 - guitarist, Mark Lucas with The Roger Humphries Trio

Time: November 7, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Savoy Restaurant
Street: 2623 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412.400.6944
Event Type: savoy, jazz, drums, roger humphries, trio, guitar, mark lucas
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2016

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Event Description

Hi everyone,

It’s November and this is the start of the reboot of Monday Night Jazz at Savoy, Pittsburgh’s premier dining location! With Roger’s trio doing accompaniment duties for some of Pittsburgh’s finest artists, Monday Night Jazz at Savoy is back to the format which has created so many amazing live jazz moments over the past five years. Savoy is under new management, and that management is has commited to support this reboot for the Month of November. Let’s all come out in force these next few weeks to show just how much we love our Monday Night jazz format and want to continue to build on it! As a reminder to those of you who have experienced these last five years with us of just how amazing jazz at Savoy can be, follow this link ( ) to the promo video taken during one our Monday Nights that, I feel, best captures what Savoy Monday Night Jazz is all about. Spread the word! See you at Savoy!

Monday, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 – guitarist, Mark Lucas with The Roger Humphries Trio

Mark Lucas

Time: Monday at 6pm
Place: Savoy Restaurant
2623 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Phone: 412.281.0660

Dining: Full dining menu will be available to enjoy along with lounge menu items.

Hours: Restaurant open 5pm until 10pm; Live music starts at 6pm.

Next at Savoy Monday Night Jazz

Nov 14 – Judi Figel, vocalist with The Roger Humphries Trio

Nov 21 – The Nick DeCesare Quartet feat. George Heid III on drums

Nov 28 – Kenny Blake, saxophonist with The Roger Humphries Trio

For further info, please send your query to (do not reply to this email).

Charlie G.

P.S. The events page of the Savoy website has been updated! To view the Savoy Monday Night Jazz lineup for November, go to

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