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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 8-13-2018 - Saxophonist, JAY WILLIS and The Heads of State

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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 8-13-2018 - Saxophonist, JAY WILLIS and The Heads of State

Time: August 13, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Savoy Restaurant
Street: 2623 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412.281.0660
Event Type: savoy, jazz, saxophonist, jay willis, the heads of state, piano, antonio croes, bass, tony depaolis, drums, tom wendt
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Aug 12, 2018

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Event Description

Hi everyone,


Monday Night Jazz at Savoy is alive and well and still bringing some of the hottest nights of jazz in the ‘burgh!  


Join us next Monday, August 13th, when Savoy Monday Night Jazz presents…


Saxophonist, Jay Willis and The Heads of State


Saxophonist, Jay Willis


Master saxophonist, Jay Willis and his group, Heads of State (Antonio Croes (p), Tony DePaolis (b) and  Tom Wendt (d)), will be making some beautiful music on next Monday’s edition of Savoy Monday Night Jazz!  It promises to be an amazing evening of great jazz! Plan to be there; you don’t want to miss it!  See you at Savoy!


Time:              Monday at 6pm

Place:              Savoy Restaurant

                        2623 Penn Avenue

                        Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

Phone:            412.281.0660


Dining: A special $30 dinner feature (with 2 sides) and a “Jazztini cocktail and Red or White Savoy sangria ($5 each). Regular dining menu will also be available to enjoy along with the usual bar menu favorites.   

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

*Dinner reservations in advance are recommended (412.281.0660).

For more information about what’s next at Savoy, see our website at


Charlie G.

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