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Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


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SAVOY MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ for 10-5-15 - The Roger Humphries Trio feat. trumpeter/vocalist, Benny Benack lll

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SAVOY MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ for 10-5-15 - The Roger Humphries Trio feat. trumpeter/vocalist, Benny Benack lll

Time: October 5, 2015 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Location: Savoy Restaurant
Street: 2623 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412.400.6944
Event Type: jazz, performance, savoy, october, 2015, schedule, vocalist, trumpeter, benny benack lll, the roger humphries trio
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Oct 3, 2015

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Event Description

September 14th marked the beginning of our fifth year of great jazz at Savoy on Monday Nights.  And a great time was had by all as Roger Humphries’ quintet, The RH Factor, helped us celebrate four great years of bringing you America’s classic music, jazz.  AND THE BAND PLAYS ON!  Looking forward to another great year of beautiful music at Savoy on Monday nights!


Join us this first Monday in October when the featured artist will be the talented Benny Benack lll, amazing trumpeter and vocalist and one fifth member of the exciting new jazz quintet, ELEVATIONS. Accompanying Benny will be Roger Humphries and his trio!  It promises to be an fantastic night; you won't want to miss it! See you at Savoy!


Savoy Monday Night Jazz Artists for


Next at Savoy Monday Night Jazz*


*Oct 5 – Benny Benack lll with The Roger Humphries Trio

Benny Benack lll


Oct 12 – Shawnee Lake with The Roger Humphries Trio


Oct 19 – George Jones & The New View Trio with special guest, saxman, Lou Stellute                                     


Oct 26 – The Tim Stevens/Leonard Johnson Project



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 complete lounge menu.  

Drink specials: All domestic beers are $3.00 (plus tax). 


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


For further info, please visit the Savoy website (


Charlie G.

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