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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?


Some answers  can be gleaned from the postings on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.


For almost 100 years the Pittsburgh region has been a metacenter of jazz originality that is second to no other in the history of jazz.  One of the best kept secrets in jazz folklore, the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy has heretofore remained mythical.  We have dubbed it “the greatest story never told” since it has not been represented in writing before now in such a way as to be accessible to anyone seeking to know more about it.  When it was happening, little did we know how priceless the memories would become when the times were gone.


Today jazz is still king in Pittsburgh, with events, performances and activities happening all the time. The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the places, artists and fans that carry on the legacy of Pittsburgh's jazz heritage.






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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 5-6-2019 -The Roger Humphries Trio & Friends

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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 5-6-2019 -The Roger Humphries Trio & Friends

Time: May 6, 2019 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, roger humphries, trio, friends, drums
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: May 6, 2019

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Event Description

Hey everyone,


It’s BACK TO THE FUTURE at Savoy for Monday Night Jazz!  As many of you long time patrons of Savoy Monday Night Jazz know, we started this amazing journey with the Roger Humphries Trio as the house band, with a different featured artist each week.  Well, starting next week, we are revisiting that concept!


For all but one Monday each month, it’s Roger and his trio to do the heavy lifting! From time to time we will have a fourth musician to perform with Roger.  The remaining Monday will be reserved for other bands (checkout our website at for exact lineup from week to week).


Join us tonight, Monday, May 6th , when Savoy Monday Night Jazz once again presents…


The Roger Humphries Trio & Friends

Join us tonight at Savoy Monday Night Jazz to experience the music.  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 further info, please send your query to


Charlie G.

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