Matt Savage

Matt Savage, age 26, has had a remarkable 17-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer, performing with ensembles of different size and as a solo pianist. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz since first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8 – the same year he met and played piano for Dave Brubeck. Matt has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with artists such as 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, Donny McCaslin and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Matt’s encounters with these jazz greats have always resulted in praise. Saxophonist Bobby Watson said it well after he first performed with Matt (age 11) in Kansas City. “It’s not so much that he was a virtuoso; he had chops, but he also had direction and he had language. Where did that come from? . . . I knew it wasn’t a pretend thing, that he was the real thing and he’d be in music for the rest of his life.”

Along the way, Matt’s talent has taken him beyond the jazz world. In 2015 alone, he performed with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Shawn Colvin at a benefit concert at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. He ended that year performing with Steve Earle and Jackson Browne in New York City.

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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

“…Savage proves he’s no novelty act, as can be heard on his CD Welcome Home.” JAZZIZ

“…hints of Aaron Copland and Pat Metheny done in a piano trio setting that shows how hard-swinging a player Savage is.” CADENCE

“…a phenomenally talented pianist and composer who demands to be taken seriously on purely musical terms.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

“A wildly inventive composer, interpreter and pianist no matter what his age…Savage proves his maturity…” JAZZIZ

“He clearly knows what he is doing…not only as a hard bop/post-bop pianist, but also as a composer.” ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“This young man plays with grace, energy and originality

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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, Note-worthy Experiences and Boston School of Music Arts

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Discography

Splash Variations

Splash Variations

Savage Records, LLC
2018

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Matt Savage: Piano Voyages

Matt Savage: Piano...

Savage Records, LLC
2016

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A Live Celebration: Kobe,  Japan

A Live Celebration:...

Savage Records, LLC
2014

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A Bigger Celebration

A Bigger Celebration

Savage Records, LLC
2013

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Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Savage Records
2010

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Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

Palmetto Records
2006

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Go On

Go On

Matt Savage
Go On

Big Apple Suite:  The City Is Alive

Big Apple Suite: The City Is Alive

Matt Savage
Welcome Home

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

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

Matt Savage
Hot Ticket: Live in Boston

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