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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


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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Charlie G. Sanders's Blog (33)


He was just getting started on his journey as a member of the SAVOY JAZZ family of amazing featured artists!  Leroy K. Wolford did his first gig for MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ @ SAVOY in April of 2012 and "tore the joint up"; he was phenomenal!  He was as glad to be working at Savoy on jazz night as Savoy was to have him!  And we were so looking forward to hearing him again this coming Monday, September 17, 2012!  As a matter of fact, prior to that, Leroy was one of our featured artists invited to…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on September 12, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment


Hope everyone had a great Labor Day! Missed sharing some great jazz with you that day, but remember, we're back this Monday, Sept 10th, with a spectacular celebration of 1 year of amazing jazz at Savoy every Monday night. It's going to be a fantastic time, with Sean Jones as the featured artist, Roger and the guys swinging it and many of the past year's performers stopping by to jam a bit!  And if you're planning to attend (you really don't want to miss it) please let us know ASAP…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on September 6, 2012 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Guitarist Mark Strickland on Aug 27; Savoy closed Labor Day; 1 year celebration on Sept 10th

Jazz lovers! Please note that Savoy will be closed on Monday, Sept 3rd (Labor Day)! So be sure to get your jazz fix this Monday (Aug 27) at Savoy Monday Night Jazz with the Roger Humphries Trio, featuring jazz guitarist Mark Strickland! Then be sure to join us again on Sept 10th at Savoy for a jam celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Monday Night Jazz, with Roger and the guys, featuring Sean Jones and many of the artists who have made this first year so fantastic (more on that…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on August 27, 2012 at 7:42am — No Comments


You all are the BEST!  This past Monday (8/13/12) at Savoy was absolutely amazing!  The house was packed and the good times rolled!  Lou Stellute was on fire and of course, Roger, Dwayne and Max knocked it out of the park, so to speak.  Working with these amazing players was a real treat and having a great crowd of jazz lovers to share this experience with was priceless!  And as much as I enjoyed my night in the limelight, I'm more then happy to move back into the role of host for some of…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on August 18, 2012 at 12:41am — No Comments


LOVERS OF JAZZ,  First, I want to encourage you to make it a date to be at Savoy as often as possible for Monday Night Jazz.  And second, I want to especially ask you to make it a point to come out this coming Monday (Aug 13, 2012) to  see ME (CHARLIE G.) and LOU STELLUTE, (along with the ROGER HUMPHRIES TRIO),  do a rare performance at SAVOY! 

Over the past year, Savoy has had the pleasure of presenting some the best jazz musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on August 10, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Ralph Lalama @ Savoy this Monday, 1/2/12

Happy New Year all!  Just a reminder that Savoy is happy to present legendary Tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama this Monday for Savoy Monday Night Jazz and we advise everyone to get there early to get a good seat, especially if you plan on also having one of our fantastic dinners.  Also, our upstairs lounge will be open to handle overflow.  The band will a be seen and…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on January 2, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Extra Special Savoy Jazz Night to start the New Year!!!

Another great night of jazz at Savoy this past Monday (12/26).  Shawnee Lake was on fire!  Thanks to everyone who shared their day after Christmas with us here at Savoy, listening to great music.  And we’re not done with this holiday season just yet!  The day after New Year’s day (1/2/12), is going to start off the year of jazz at Savoy with bang! 

Pittsburgh is well known for its rich history of exceptional jazz masters who got their start right here.  Recent years show that this…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on December 28, 2011 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Christmas thank you to fans of Savoy Jazz

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to take this time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  These past few months since Savoy Jazz Night started have been simply amazing.  My hope was to put together a night of jazz at Savoy that would bless Pittsburgh jazz fans the way I have been blessed by this most amazing music, Jazz!  Your wonderful support is the best gift I could get this Christmas.  Savoy will continue to present the best jazz around, stay tuned!.  Thanks for your support!  Charlie…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on December 23, 2011 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment


Once again, it was an amazing night of jazz at Savoy with the fantistic Mr. Sean Jones blowing the roof off the joint.  I again want to thank all of you who where there for helping make it the great night it was.  Be sure not to miss next Monday, November 14th. 

Our featured artist is Andrea Capozzoli, internationally known vocalist, trumpet player, pianist and producer.  Her powerful jazz vocals are reflective of her studies with artists like Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer and…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on November 9, 2011 at 7:51am — No Comments


Hi fellow jazz lovers, I just want to thank all of you who are helping make Monday Night Jazz @ Savoy the great night of live jazz it is fast becoming.  Please continue to join us each week and bring a many friends as possible.  And when you can't be there, remember to send someone in your place to keep your seat warm :).  This is just the beginning, the spirit of some the best Pittsburgh jazz venues of the past is alive and well at Savoy.  Enjoy!


Charlie G.

Added by Charlie G. Sanders on November 2, 2011 at 7:29am — No Comments

Savoy Jazz Night

Wow! What a night, it just keeps getting better!  I want to thank everyone who attended Jazz Night @ Savoy this past Monday, Oct. 17th.  Etta Cox was the featured guest artist and she did a fantastic job!  The sheer joy that was generated by the music, the restaurant, the food, the crowd; everything, was a thrill to behold.  I don't have the words to tell you how much it means to me to see just how ecstatic people are who have experienced a night of jazz @ Savoy.  I have been so blessed in…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 19, 2011 at 7:52am — No Comments

Savoy Jazz Night

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who was able to come out to Savoy Restaurant this past Monday (Oct 10) to support Jazz Night at Savoy.  The night was a great success!  It was very well attended.  And everyone there will testify that the night was absolutely magical; Sean Jones is a "monster".  Let's keep it up; attend as often as you can; you won't be disappointed.  And when you can't attend, be sure to send someone else to keep your seat warm :)  See you on the Oct 17 when the special… Continue

Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 11, 2011 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Savoy Restaurant hosts Jazz on Mondays

My friends and fellow lovers of jazz,

As I’m sure many of you are already aware, I have had the pleasure of creating a jazz night every Monday, starting at 5pm, at one of the most exciting new restaurants in the city, Savoy.

To date, Savoy has hosted 5 Mondays (the first, on August 15, was a preview party).  The first 3 (including the Aug 15 event) were very well attended and everyone I spoke to had a great time and applauded the addition of a jazz night to the Savoy…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 6, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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