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Event Details


Time: July 19, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Location: BAJA BAR & GRILL (Fox Chapel Yacht Club)
Street: 1366 Old Freeport Road
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15238
Website or Map:
Phone: 412.400.6944
Event Type: jazz, gig
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Jul 20, 2011

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Event Description

Please join me on July 19th at 7:30pm for another wonderful night of some of the hottest jazz to be heard in Pittsburgh any time; jazz performed by some of the best artists in the country.  The place is the Baja Bar & Grill, inside the Fox Chapel Yacht Club.  However, this time the band will be performing on the outside stage and start time will be 7:30pm (done at 10:30) instead of 7.  Admission is FREE.  There is plenty of free parking. And the kitchen and the bar will be open so that you can enjoy a wonderful meal while listening to the sounds of Roger Humphries on drums; Bill Heid on keyboards; Dwayne Dolphin on bass and me, Charlie G. Sanders on vocals. 

Please note that this will be the last performance in the Tuesday Evening Jazz series at Baja Bar & Grill. I want as many of you as possible to attend this last scheduled event so that the management at Baja will hopefully want to continue the shows; maybe even bumping them to several times a month.  Those of you who have made it to at least one of the previous performances know that it is an exceptional time.  Those of you who have not made it yet, please don’t miss it.  The food is tasty and reasonable; the staff is friendly; the atmosphere is very warm and inviting (and now it’s outside) and of course the music is outstanding (I mean, how can you go wrong with this line up of talent).  I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Looking forward to seeing you there; where we will again be swinging it hard.

For directions to and information about the Baja Bar & Grill, please visit their website at

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Comment by Charlie G. Sanders on July 19, 2011 at 7:30pm

Hi Everyone,

Looking forward to seeing you all tonight for Tuesday Evening Jazz at Baja Bar & Grill.  Just wanted to let those of you who were not at our last outdoor show at Baja, rain is not a factor; the outside area where the bar, dinning and stage is is almost completely covered and protected.  So, don't let the weatherman scare you; come swing with us!  See you there.

Charlie G. Sanders

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