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The Nick DeCesare Quartet at Savoy Monday Night Jazz (6-23-14)

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The Nick DeCesare Quartet at Savoy Monday Night Jazz (6-23-14)

Time: June 23, 2014 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Location: Savoy Restaurant
Street: 2623 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412.400.6944
Event Type: nick decesare, piano, quartet, jazz, savoy
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Jun 20, 2014

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Event Description

Hi jazz lovers,

I feel like I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but the fact is it WAS another super night of great music at Savoy's Monday Night Jazz event.  Marty Ashby is an exceptional guitarist and paired with the likes of Max Leake, Dwayne Dolphin and the amazing Mr Roger Humphries, what would you expect?  It just keeps getting better!  
Now, before I get to next Monday's event, I want all of you to be aware of what Savoy is doing to be a part of your jazz journeys this weekend at Pittsburgh International JazzLive Jazz festival.  In partnership with Uber (Pittsburgh's newest way to get from here to there), Savoy and Uber are offering special discounts and perks to any of you who come to Savoy to dine during the festival and can show us that you have the Uber app on your smartphone.  For further details, keep a look out on facebook. twitter. Pittsburgh Jazz Network (Nelson Harrison), etc. and for special mailings from me.  Its going to be exciting!
Here's what's happening next at Savoy Monday Night Jazz:

Savoy Monday Night Jazz Artist for 6-23-14



Nick DeCesare


Time:              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 complete lounge menu.  

Drink specials:All domestic beers are $3.00 (plus tax). 


Hours: Restaurant open 5pm until 10pm; Live music starts at 6pm.





June 30 – The Roger Humphries Trio feat. Vocalist, Judi Figel



For further info, please visit the Savoy website (

Charlie G.

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