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SAVOY MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ with THE ROGER HUMPHRIES TRIO, featuring the cool sax of Kenny Blake!

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SAVOY MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ with THE ROGER HUMPHRIES TRIO, featuring the cool sax of Kenny Blake!

Time: February 18, 2013 from 5pm to 9pm
Location: Savoy Restaurant
Street: 2623 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Website or Map:
Phone: 412.400.6944
Event Type: jazz, performance, saxophone, kenny blake
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2013

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Event Description


Once again we bring you KENNY BLAKE, one of the "Burgh's" long time favorite sax men!  

This internationally renowned recording artist is a proven crowd pleaser, and a night at Savoy with him and his amazing horn is always a great time! You'll have a blast!  

And, as always, a solid musical foundation will be laid by Roger Humphries and his trio!


 Be sure to join us every Monday, when we will again be bringing you your favorites from last year and introducing you to more of the amazing talent the Pittsburgh jazz scene has to offer!  And, if and when you can't make it, be sure to send someone you know who loves great live music, and hasn't been here on Monday's, to keep your seat warm!  They'll thank you for it!


Dining: Select entree and dessert items will be available to enjoy along with full lounge menu.  

Drink specials are all domestic beers for $3.00 (plus tax) and a special martini called the "Jazztini" for $8.00 (plus tax). 


Hours: Restaurant open 5pm until 10pm; Live music from 5pm to 9pm.





Feb. 25, 2013 - Tim Stevens - (Vocalist)


For further info, please visit the Savoy website ( or call 412.281.0660

Charlie G.

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