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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 2016-11-14 - vocalist, Judi Figel with The Roger Humphries Trio

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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 2016-11-14 - vocalist, Judi Figel with The Roger Humphries Trio

Time: November 14, 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, voice, judi figel
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Nov 11, 2016

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Event Description

Hi everyone,

It has come to my attention that the word on the street is that Savoy has been sold and live music no longer happing on Monday.  That could not be further from the truth!  Although, there is a new general manager, Savoy is still up and running and is still solely owned by Chuck Sanders (who is committed to seeing jazz night continue).  That said, numbers count, let’s show the new management that Savoy Monday Night Jazz is appreciated and supported by spreading the word to those who may not be aware that Monday Night Jazz is alive and well and better than ever! And let’s come out and eat and drink and, most importantly enjoy the great music being offered each week!  Thanks for your help in reconnecting the jazz community with Savoy Monday Night Jazz!  See you there!  


Monday, NOVEMBER 14, 2016 – vocalist, Judi Figel with The Roger Humphries Trio

Judi Figel



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 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. Here again is the link for the Savoy Monday Night Jazz promo that says it all!

Please share it with as many jazz lovers as possible.

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Comment by Pgh Rich on November 11, 2016 at 8:09am

Great info Nelson and Charlie G, I  also had heard  that Savoy had been sold.

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