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Matt Savage: Piano Voyages CD Release at The Regattabar

Matt Savage: Piano Voyages – CD Release concert will be at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Massachusetts – one of the Boston area’s finest jazz clubs.  Matt will welcome alto saxophonist, Erena Terakubo as special guest for this date on October 19th, 2016. The album Matt Savage: Piano Voyages will be available on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and the artist website on October 14, 2016.

Matt Savage’s newest recording project, produced by Grammy-nominee Jonathan Wyner, is a solo piano album featuring eleven tracks.  There are eight new, original compositions including the Keith Jarrett-inspired “Green,” the optimistic Boston-to-New York funk tune, “Southie to Soho” and Matt’s nostalgic ode to his hometown, “Lullaby for Boston.”  For the first time since 2008, Matt has also included a few cover songs including an intense version of Herbie Hancock’s jazz standard, “Maiden Voyage,” and Wes Montgomery’s classic, “Road Song.”

photo-by-dai-murataThrough natural and seasonal imagery, surprising tempo changes and occasional electronic interludes, the theme of rebirth is developed.   Matt describes Piano Voyages as a reflection on maturity.  “Collectively, each of these songs evokes a new chapter of life,” says Matt.  “And it’s a solo album because many of these journeys are individual experiences.”

Piano Voyages is Matt’s first new studio album in three years, following his acclaimed A Bigger Celebration, released in 2013.   A LiveCelebration:  Kobe, Japan was the 2014 companion album to A Bigger Celebration, and it was recorded during Matt’s first tour of Japan.  Also in 2014, Matt scored, arranged and recorded the music for the full-length documentary film, Sound of RedemptionThe Frank Morgan Story, chronicling the late alto saxophonist Frank Morgan’s troubled life and eventual redemption.

October 19         The Regattabar, Cambridge, MA
November 3       Earshot Jazz Festival, The Royal Room, Seattle, WA, with Dawn Clement & Matt Taylor
November 9       Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, VA
November 11     University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
November 19     Curacao (details and venue, TBA)
November 25    The Side Door (Old Lyme Inn), Old Lyme, CT, with special guest, Mark Zaleski (alto/soprano sax)

More tour dates and special guests to be announced.

In addition, Matt will join Steve Earle, Graham Nash and Shawn Colvin on December 5th in New York City for the 2nd Annual John Henry’s FriendsConcert at Town Hall, benefiting the Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with Autism.

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Matt Savage, age 24, has had a fifteen-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. Along the way, he’s recorded eleven albums as leader and one as collaborator. He is a Bösendorfer piano artist.

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Matt Savage live in Hollywood, 2015. Photo from the artist.

As a composer, Matt has garnered respect. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. Additionally, Savage wrote almost all the songs on his eleven albums, several of which have been used in short documentaries, on websites, in school music curricula and in government educational materials. Savage has toured worldwide and had many national media appearances including performances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, Bohemian Caverns, Town Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazzaldia (Spain), the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival, the International VSA Arts Festival, and more.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, Matt balances his professional music career with teaching. He teaches at Applied Behavioral Learning Services, a school near Boston for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Matt gives masterclasses and workshops domestically and internationally (in English and Spanish) as well as private piano lessons.

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