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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 2017-30-01 - The Trillium Jazz Ensemble feat. Antonio Croes on piano

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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 2017-30-01 - The Trillium Jazz Ensemble feat. Antonio Croes on piano

Time: January 30, 2017 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, antonio croes, piano, trillium jazz ensemble
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2017

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Hi everyone,





The word is out!  Every Monday at Savoy is a celebration of Pittsburgh’s rich jazz legacy! Let’s keep it going! See you at Savoy!


Here’s what’s happening next at Savoy:


Monday, JANUARY 30, 2017 – The Trillium Jazz Ensemble feat. Antonio Croes on piano

Pittsburgh’s hottest jazz spot for live jazz on Monday night!


Antonio Croes is an exciting young jazz pianist first introduced to Savoy Monday Night Jazz by Pittsburgh favorite, legendary saxman, Tony Campbell.  Antonio is another example of how Pittsburgh’s jazz legacy is alive and well and thriving in the form of very talented young artists like Antonio.  Come witness jazz history in the making when Savoy presents Antonio’s group, The Trillium Jazz Ensemble on Monday, January 30th.  You don’t want to miss it!  See you there.


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


Feb 6 – Mark Strickland, guitarist, with the Roger Humphries Trio


Feb 13 – Fred Pugh lll, vocalist, and Friends (Valentine’s Day Special)


Feb 20 – Sandy Dowe, vocalist, with the Roger Humphries Trio


Feb 27 – Kenny Blake, saxophone, with the Roger Humphries Trio


For further info, please send your query to


Charlie G.


P.S. The events page of the Savoy website has been updated!  To view the Savoy Monday Night Jazz lineup for February 2017, go to


Also, 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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