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Matt Savage

Matt Savage, age 28, has had a remarkable 19-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi and Donny McCaslin among others. He’s also opened for rock legends Neil Young and Stephen Stills, and has performed with Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin and Al Stewart. Along the way, he’s recorded twelve albums as leader and one as collaborator. He is a Bösendorfer piano artist.

As a composer, Matt has garnered respect and recognition. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. The movie, which premiered in 2014, chronicles the life of the late jazz alto saxophonist Frank Morgan. Additionally, Savage wrote almost all the songs on his twelve albums, several of which have been used in short documentaries, on web sites, in school music curricula and in government educational materials.

Matt’s latest project is the Matt Savage Groove Experiment’s debut EP, Splash Variations. Splash Variations was released on December 7, 2018, and it was accompanied by a CD release tour in early 2019.

Savage has toured worldwide, including performances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note (NYC), Bohemian Caverns, Smalls Jazz Club, The Town Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Scullers, the Jazz Standard, the Pantages Theatre, the Iridium, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazzaldia (Spain), the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival, the International VSA Arts Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Earshot Jazz Festival, tours of Japan, China, India, Spain, Curacao, Aruba and Singapore.

Media appearances have included Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the “Today” Show, ABC’s “20/20,” the Discovery Channel, BBC, Telemundo TV, and news shows and documentaries worldwide (including the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and the U.K.) The Wall Street Journal, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, TIME, WIRED, Der Spiegel, The Jerusalem Report, People Magazine, TIME for Kids, American Way, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, and others have featured Matt in print.

Having received his Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music and his Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music, Matt balances his professional music career with teaching.

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“Savage has a warm and elastic touch, mixing confidence with pastel sounds.” GEORGE W. HARRIS, JAZZ WEEKLY “…the diversity of ‘Piano Voyages’ is astonishing – with originals suggesting influences from Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans to Chick Corea and George Winston alongside selected and clever interpretations of material by Wes Montgomery and The Beatles.” THE DAY, NEW LONDON, CT

“No one word could do justice to his performance; it was simply ‘beautiful.'” RYOTA KOJIMA, VOYAGE MAGAZINE, JAPAN

“…this is Savage’s album all the way, as he not only plays with a maturity well beyond his years but wrote and arranged every number…” ALL ABOUT JAZZ.COM

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Adjunct Faculty at Bunker Hill Community College Teacher at Community Music Center of Boston and Note-worthy Experiences

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Splash Variations

Savage Records, LLC
2018

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Matt Savage: Piano...

Savage Records, LLC
2016

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Go On

Savage Records, LLC
2015

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A Live Celebration:...

Savage Records, LLC
2014

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A Bigger Celebration

Savage Records, LLC
2013

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Welcome Home

Savage Records
2010

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Go On

From: Go On
By Matt Savage

Big Apple Suite: The City Is Alive

From: Welcome Home
By Matt Savage

A 6/4 Song (That's Also in 6/4)

From: Hot Ticket: Live in Boston
By Matt Savage

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