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Matt Savage

Jazz Pianist; Composer; Consultant for The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Matt Savage, diagnoised with Autism at the age of three, has taken the music world by storm and established himself as a promising jazz pianist, composer and perfromer. Now 19, Savage 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, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry and Chick Corea, just to name a few. At the age of 11, Savage 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, Savage made his first appearance at the prestigious Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

Presently a junior at Berklee College of Music, Savage has made Boston his “home away from home,” with performances at such local venues as the renowned Regattabar. Savage manages to balance classes, studies and concert gigs while maintaining a GPA of 4.0 and achieving Dean’s List status. The Boston Globe caught up with Savage in 2010, describing just how well he is navigating college and career. In the article, the author refers to Savage’s song Picturesque, which appears on his new album. The journalist writes, “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.”   

Savage's full biography and information on upcoming performances can be found on his website:

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