Matt Savage

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Matt Savage is a 22-yr-old pianist and composer whose innovative jazz, uptempo beats, breathtaking ballads and soulful melodies blow you away.

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Matt Savage’s highly anticipated tenth album, A Bigger Celebration, was released on September 17, 2013. A Bigger Celebration quickly earned a “Most Added” status from JazzWeek after its release in September. Ten-time Grammy-winner Tom Bates and Latin Grammy-nominated John Weston deliver stellar engineering; Grammy-nominated Jonathan Wyner acts as producer and mixes and masters the work. The album celebrates life and youth and embracing experiences with open arms. It captures the joy of being alive through upbeat, multicultural, surprising and diverse compositions. Says Matt, “A Bigger Celebration is my first release in three years, and it comes after a very productive year of composing. It commemorates my rite of passage from college and expresses how optimistic I am about the next chapter(s) in my life. That calls for a celebration that I hope my fans will relate to and enjoy!”

An impressive lineup of musicians joins Matt on this new and musically defining album. Tenor saxophone great Jerry Bergonzi, a top player on the Boston scene, scorches on Matt’s compositions. Colleague Bruce Gertz amps things up on bass. New York drummer Richie Barshay, of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea fame, adds unlimited fuel; and Boston’s Mark Zaleski (alto/soprano saxophone) tops it off as a very special guest.

Soon after the A Bigger Celebration release, Matt came out with his eleventh album, A Live Celebration: Kobe, Japan, on January 14, 2014. This limited-edition album was recorded during Matt’s first tour of Japan in September 2012. Two new compositions, “We Are Alive” and the three-part “Session Suite,” are featured, alongside audience favorites from the last two studio albums. All eight songs on A Live Celebration are originals. The album is available on iTunes and on CD; the CD (which has text in English and Japanese) is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Matt’s friend (and fellow Berklee College of Music alumnus) Shota Ishikawa plays bass on this album; rounding out the trio is renowned drummer Tatsuhiko Takeda.

Now age 22, Matt has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8. He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Joshua Redman, Jeremy Pelt, The Bad Plus, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Chick Corea, Terri Lyne Carrington and Erena Terakubo just to name a few. At the age of 11, Matt debuted at the famed Blue Note (and was signed as an artist for Bösendorfer pianos). The following year, he debuted at Birdland with the legendary Clark Terry on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on sax, Jon Faddis on trumpet, Marcus McLaurine on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. In 2007, Matt made his first appearance at the prestigious Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Matt made Boston his “home away from home” for three years, performing at such venues as the renowned Regattabar. Balancing classes, studies and concert gigs, Matt maintained a GPA of 3.99 and Dean’s List status. In May of 2012, The Boston Globe heralded Matt’s success with a front page cover story. The article, entitled “Growing Into His Gift, And Into Life,” described Matt’s navigation through autism, college and career. Bella English wrote, “He gained early fame as a jazz prodigy beset by autism. Today, Matthew Savage is ready for anything.” Watching Savage, she marvels, “His slender fingers fly over the keys, alternately muscular and nuanced.” His professors and friends lavish him with praise… as one of the genius guys, a quick study, that his talent draws respect. He’s “in the zone” whenever he plays.

In a prior Boston Globe article (February, 2010), Joseph Kahn described, “ Later, on the soundstage at Berklee’s Cafe 939 on Boylston Street, Savage demonstrates the power and fluidity of his maturing playing style as he launches into ‘Picturesque,’ one of his original compositions. Studious-looking but never stiff, he plays the piece in a lilting, expressive manner that lends its softer edges a big, impressive sound. After finishing, Savage says what he loves most about jazz is its spontaneity, a quality embedded in every note he’s just played.” Matt’s media appearances include “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Marian McPartland’s prestigious “Piano Jazz” series on NPR and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Following his performance on “Letterman,” the Matt Savage Trio’s album, Hot Ticket, hit #11 on the JazzWeek radio charts and garnered the #2 position in “Live Jazz” sales on Amazon.com (behind only Keith Jarrett).

JAZZIZ, Jazz Times, All About Jazz and other respected music publications have consistently praised Matt’s talent. JAZZIZ touts Matt as a “wildly inventive composer, interpreter and pianist no matter what his age.” NPR’s “Piano Jazz” concurs, with Marian McPartland describing Matt as a “young man [who] plays with grace, energy and originality. Jazz savant indeed!”

The Wall Street Journal posted an equally enthusiastic review of a Matt Savage concert in New York City. As “Big Apple Suite” (a song from Welcome Home) debuted, the writer described Matt as “a phenomenally talented pianist and composer who demands to be taken seriously on purely musical terms.”

Matt Savage continues his creative evolution with the release of A Bigger Celebration and A Live Celebration. His live concerts captivate fans with performances that reflect the synchronicity that emerges when exceptional music meets an exceptional musician. Find out for yourself on YOUTUBE’s MattSavageJazz channel.

For more information, please visit: http://www.savagerecords.com

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