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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 6-24-2019 - vocalist, Judi Figel w/the Roger Humphries Trio

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Savoy Monday Night Jazz 6-24-2019 - vocalist, Judi Figel w/the Roger Humphries Trio

Time: June 24, 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, judi figel, vocalist, "roger, humphries, drummer, trio
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Jun 19, 2019

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Event Description

Hi everyone,


By now we’ve enjoyed an amazing weekend of awesome jazz at the 9th Pittsburgh International Jazz Fest!  But we’re not done yet! In less than a week, Roger Humphries’ phenomenal annual Jazz Boat Ride takes place on Sunday, June 30th (see Dr. Humphries for details). And what better way to cap off one great jazz event and at the same time preview another iconic afternoon of amazing jazz than to attend a wonderful night of live jazz at Savoy in between!

Join us next Monday, June 24th, when Savoy Monday Night Jazz presents…

Vocalist, Judi Figel with the Roger Humphries Trio

Vocalist, Judi Figel 

PastedImage-2.png               Roger Humphries


It's gonna be a great time!  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 more information about what’s next at Savoy, see our website at


Charlie G.

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