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

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

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

“...a brilliantly inventive pianist/composer. This is staggeringly exciting jazz, no matter the artist's age, which should never be a factor again.”

“This young man plays with grace, energy and originality. Jazz Savant INDEED!”

“You blew my mind. That was incredible!”
CONAN O'BRIEN, host of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"

“A jazz legend - at 15”

“Jazz prodigy makes ‘Leap’ to maturity.”

“As always, his amazing technique shines...”

“...a schooled, seasoned jazz pianist...”

“...absolutely astonishing, refreshing and engaging...”

“I am amazed at Matt’s musical ability at such an early age.”

“…he’s possessed of a remarkable talent...”

“…is Matt Savage really that good? Does he deserve the hype and hoopla? In a word, yes… he's an admirable jazz pianist, one whose age seems largely irrelevant…”


“…jazz phenom Matt Savage unlocks a door to genius using 88 keys”

“The Key Master.” “...he's got command of the music and, most important, he's got swing.”

“…delightful and inspiring…”

“…the future of JAZZ”

“Besides being an extremely gifted pianist and improviser, Matt has the musical instincts of a person many years older. To me this is the most incredible characteristic about Matt. Where did this come from? Wow! I can't wait to hear him perform when his feet can reach the pedals.”

“I was amazed at how talented he is. Amazing is the word I can tell you. I keep track of young talent in kids, and he’s the first one that I met that young that was THAT talented. He has such a musical mind that it isn’t music that he has to learn. It seems like he’s such an advanced musician in so many ways already at 8.”

“Matt Savage is, in short, a wonder, and he’s just 13 years old.”

“Whenever he plays...he blows people away.”

“Matt combines all forms of harmony resolution, not just rhythmic or counterpoint, but he goes beyond to levels once visited by Bach concerto and Mozart.”

“Phenomenal...He sounds as good as any of the top pros in this town, and better than some.”
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"JazzTimes Magazine"

If this album had arrived unannounced and unidentified, you would think you were listening to a schooled, seasoned jazz pianist. You would notice the unique astringent voicings, the slightly halting, asymmetrical phrasing, the unexpected elasticity of meter, the dense, formal chordal patterns suddenly shot through with impulsive right-hand ripples and cascades—and you would assume you were listening to a pianist well on the way to forging an effective personal language.
You would encounter deep ballads like “Serenity” and assume they were standards, and later learn that they are originals. You would discover interpretations of actual standards like “All the Things You Are” and “Lullaby of Birdland” that are intriguing in the sharp angles of their approaches and the liberated spontaneity of their departures. In another standard, “A Child Is Born,” you would hear a darkness not found in other versions, and then hear it become light.
Matt Savage, now 14 years old, was diagnosed with autism when he was three. He has made extraordinary progress in a special program for autistic children, and has been performing brilliant jazz in public since he was nine. It should be fascinating and uplifting to hear his story as it unfolds.
-Thomas Conrad

Eighty-Eights from the November 2006 issue

Quantum Leap (Savage)

- Thomas Conrad


Cutting Loose is the fourth album by the Matt Savage Trio, which was formed about three years ago. Since that time, Savage has been featured on NBC's Today show (twice, with the trio) and ABC's 20/20 and The View; he has been interviewed twice by Montel Williams; and he has appeared on the Discovery and Lifetime channels and in a number of documentaries overseas. The trio was warmly received at New York's Blue Note and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, among other venues, while Savage was profiled in People, Time and Jazziz magazines. He has been described by fellow pianist Dave Brubeck as “amazing” and “another Mozart,” and by Chick Corea as “delightful and inspiring.” What's so unusual about that?

Brace yourselves, dear readers—in May '04, Matt Savage celebrated his twelfth birthday.

One question naturally arises: is Matt Savage really that good? Does he deserve the hype and hoopla? In a word, yes. For one thing, he's not only an admirable jazz pianist, one whose age seems largely irrelevant, but he wrote every one of the fourteen selections on Cutting Loose, and they reveal a notable flair for jazz composition.

Technically, Savage can't yet match Brubeck, Corea or, say, Kenny Barron, but again, his forward progress since the trio's debut album, All Jazzed Up, was recorded (when Savage was nine) is remarkable.

Savage and his “rhythm section” (bassist John Funkhouser, drummer Steve Silverstein) came together at a performance, not a rehearsal, three years ago, and in fact they never rehearsed, they simply started gigging and have been doing so ever since. So far, so good.

Among Savage's songs are a blues in 5/4 (”The New Sensation”) , an elegant “Waltz for Mom,” a flag-waver in 7/4 (”Seven Up”), a feature for Silverstein's “Ride Cymbal,” two shapely ballads (”Nine at Night,” ”The Wild Rose”), a groover whose rhythmic pattern is “Stop and Go,” a “Ramble” for his grandpa, and a flat-out burner (”Wow!”) whose tempo marking, Savage says, reads “Call the paramedics!” The opener, ”Infected with Hemiola,” he explains, doesn't refer to a disease—”It's just a musical term meaning that you play phrases from one time signature when you're actually in another.” Of course, we all knew that, didn't we?

If you are concerned about the future of jazz and need some reassurance, here it is, waiting for you to reach out and grasp it. As is the case with each of Savage's albums, a part of the proceeds is donated to autism research and support.

~ Jack Bowers

Track Listing: Infected with Hemiola; The New Sensation; Plain Old Rhythm Changes; Sneaking Up; Waltz for Mom; Nine at Night; The Ride Cymbal; House Cat; Seven Up; Stop and Go; The Wild Rose; Wow!; Grandpa's Ramble; Ladybug Bounce (53:02).
Personnel: Matt Savage, piano; John Funkhouser, bass; Steve Silverstein, drums. Style: Mainstream

Review Published: October 2004
The Matt Savage Trio | Savage Records

- Jack Bowers

"All Music Guide"

At what point does a child prodigy become so good that the back-story of his rise to prominence -- complete with performances by a handful of jazz legends -- becomes old hat and he must be judged solely on the power of his latest work. For the brilliantly inventive pianist/composer Matt Savage, that time is in 2008, in his mid-teens. The passionate excitement of this September 2007 live date, featuring the tender wonders of originals like "Setting Sun" contrasted with the scorching Latin opener "Muy Caliente" and the piano-pounding exuberance of "Father's Day," can seriously supersede the fact that he was performing at age eight and nine with Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner and headlining New York's Blue Note by 12. The fact that this is a live album doesn't mean it's just a spirited rehash of previous recordings. With the exception of "Curacao," the jumping calypso tune from 2006's Quantum Leap that Savage performed on Conan O'Brien; the seductive, Latin-spiced "El Fuego"; and a breezy, percussive zip through Miles Davis' "Seven Steps to Heaven," Hot Ticket features all-new compositions by the pianist. Making this concert at Tufts University's prestigious Distler Performance Hall at the Granoff Music Center even more exciting was the fact that Savage was working (and recording for the first time) with his new dynamic new trio of bassist Dave Robaire and drummer Joe Saylor. Savage proved here that he was mature enough not to need legendary jazz greats to work with, but the behind-the-scenes names bringing his music to life are no less prestigious; Hot Ticket was engineered by nine-time Grammy winner Tom Bates and produced by the Grammy-nominated Jonathan Wyner, whose credits include everyone from David Bowie to Pieces of a Dream. This is staggeringly exciting jazz, no matter the artist's age, which should never be a factor again. - Jonathan Widran

"Sioux City Journal"

This is one of those things you just do to get it out of you. You say something that you might later regret, but are 99 percent positive you’ve got a sure thing. You call someone or something “the next biggest thing.” You just say it, and it’s out there.

Well, I’m going out on that limb to say that I think the Matt Savage Trio is going to have people talking if they already aren’t.
Why do I think this? A live set on Conan O’Brien tonight proved two things: the threesome has chops, namely those of Matt Savage, and that you don’t have to be a 30-something jazz artist to join the big leagues. Why? Savage is just 14 years old.

That’s not a misprint - the young artist says he discovered jazz at age 7 and has been exploring the genre since. In fact, he has released seven albums. But when he plays, you can forget his age because he plays far beyond his years. He’s no Dave Brubeck, but with his confidence and musical ability, he’s clearly ready for the big time.
Keep an eye on this trio - I think they might be ready for a bigger stage.

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December 13th, 2006

- Thomas Ritchie

"Audiophile Audition"

Dave Brubeck was just one of the existing jazz community who flipped out at Matt's genius-level keyboard chops at age 8.

Published on January 05, 2008

The Matt Savage Trio - Hot Ticket: Live in Boston - Savage Records, 1 hr. **** [Release date Jan. 22, 2008]:

(Matt Savage, piano; Dave Robaire, bass; Joe Saylor, drums)

Matt Savage is only 15 now, and at age 8 Dave Brubeck was just one of the existing jazz community who flipped out at his genius-level keyboard chops. Afflicted with a variety of autism, he is one of fewer than 100 people known worldwide as “prodigious savants.” Their skills would be regarded as spectacular even if they were demonstrated by someone without a disability of any kind. Among therapies he had starting at age 3 was auditory integration to retune his sensory and social perceptions. Following that his musical skills were accelerated and he taught himself to read piano music and began studies in classical piano. At age 7 he discovered Monk, Coltrane and Miles and jumped into jazz in a big way. Now he’s even been made a Bosendorfer Piano artist and performs on that Rolls Royce of pianos at his concerts.

This is the sixth album of Matt’s Trio. All the dozen tunes on it except for Miles’ Seven Steps to Heaven are originals composed by Matt. They cover a wide range of moods and tempi. There’s a simplicity and directness about them, with rather formal chordal structure, but often unusual harmonies and phrasing. It sounds like a pianist/composer feeling his way to evolving a completely distinctive style - but someone of, say, 25 or 30, not just 15. His special arrangement of Seven Steps is very uptempo and swinging, with rapid runs all over the keyboard. Only when you hear his voice introducing the tunes do things begin to fit together about what you are hearing.

TrackList: Muy Caliente, Father’s Day, Setting Sun, Quittin’ Time, Black-Key Magic, An Awful Song, El Fuego, A 6/4 Song, Colors, Seven Steps to Heaven, Curacao, Free and Easy.

- John Henry

Jazz CD Reviews

The Matt Savage Trio - Hot Ticket: Live in Boston - Savage Records

- John Henry

"Midwest Record"

Listening to this 15 year old delightfully over achieve his way around piano jazz must be something like what it was like to see young Mozart give the musical finger to Salieri. Kicking it out with some new cats in tow, after all this is his 8th album, sixth with a trio, the young wizard does it again. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy and let him do all the rest. A killer player that seems to be able to play anything, get hip to this tyro lion because times wasting if you haven’t heard him yet. Just amazing.

Volume 31/Number 66
January 5, 2008
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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MATT SAVAGE TRIO/Hot Ticket: Live in Boston
1-05-08 - Chris Spector

"BlogCritics Magazine"

You know, I have heard so many stories of child prodigies over the years. Somehow, they always depress me — mostly because the child in question passes into adulthood and those dreams and high hopes never seem to be realized. Either that or they do attain their dreams and we never hear about it because music holds such a low spot in our societal hierarchy of needs.

Matt Savage's story did not take the usual child prodigy route. He was diagnosed at three years old with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a high-functioning type of autism. Matt found it very difficult to tolerate noise or music. After some very focused therapy and dietary changes, Matt's dislike of noise became inverted and an aptitude for music surfaced. At the age of 6 he began teaching himself music and piano. The next year he began studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. His first solo album came out later that year.

This is where the story usually trails off. In Savage's case though, there have been appearances on Conan O'Brien, The View, The Today Show, The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, and The Blue Note. This year sees the release of Savage's eight album, a live recording entitled Hot Ticket. My goodness, when I was fifteen I was worrying about asking that girl to the dance and stumbling through the chords of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" on my acoustic guitar!

So the question remains, how is the music? "Surprising" is the word. Maybe that description is a little unfair, because what kept happening to me was that I'd allow the cliché of the young savant to creep in, making the arrival of mature musical passages seem surprising.

Case in point: "Father's Day." Savage's introduction (spoken in a very young, pre-change voice) dedicates the composition to his dad. Then...the song starts off with a simple blues shuffle that reminded me of the theme from (Matt, I'm sorry) Sesame Street. So here I am trying to evaluate this kid's talent and instead I'm falling back onto the lamest of thoughts. I feel bad. I want the kid to save me from myself. But that shuffle...there's not much in it. Oh sure, he does take some pretty sparse runs through the blues changes. It's nothing special but....wait, where'd that dissonance come from? And the switch back to half-time? Savage turns up the heat on the next chorus with some slippery and angular paths through the chords that would not be out of place in a Monk tune, coming from Monk's fingers.

I'm sort of stunned.

There are many more such moments on Hot Ticket, from the clattering fun of "Black-Key Magic" to the Caribbean bounce of "Curacao" to the insanely fun "A 6/4 Song."
Savage and his trio even take a quick turn through the Miles Davis classic "Seven Steps To Heaven."

For a while, there was a quality to the music that escaped wordsmithing, but it's "enthusiasm." The stock phrase would be "youthful enthusiasm," which really does fit here. For all of his talent, Savage doesn't appear to take himself too seriously. That puts a friendly spin on the music.

Matt Savage is playing at a maturity level far beyond his chronological age. It'll be interesting to see where he takes all of this in the next decade or so.

Music Review: The Matt Savage Trio - Hot Ticket: Live in Boston

Published January 24, 2008

- Mark Saleski


All Trio CDs are played on radio and Satellite Radio Nationally and Internationally.

The Matt Savage Trio CDs:
Hot Ticket: Live in Boston - Savage Records 2008
Quantum Leap - Savage Records 2006
Cutting Loose - Savage Records 2004
Chasing Your Tail - Savage Records 2003
Groovin' on Mt. Everest - Savage Records 2002
All Jazzed Up - Savage Records 2001

Matt Savage (solo)
Live at the Olde Mill - Savage Records 2000
One is Not Fun, But 20 is Plenty - Savage Records 1999



In 2000, when Matt Savage was just 8 years old, he played piano for Dave Brubeck and jammed at a sound session with Chick Corea and his sidemen, Avishai Cohen and Jeff Ballard. The following year he was invited to a soundcheck to jam with jazz great McCoy Tyner and his sidemen, Avery Sharpe and Al Foster. In 2003, at the age of 11, Matt debuted at the famed Blue Note in Manhattan and was signed as a Bösendorfer Piano artist. The following year he debuted at Birdland, performing with the legendary Clark Terry on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on sax, Jon Faddis on trumpet, Marcus McLaurine on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. By 2005, Matt had performed twice with Chaka Khan. In 2007, Matt made his first appearance at the prestigious Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center and appeared on Marian McPartland’s popular “Piano Jazz” syndicated National Public Radio (NPR) series. In 2008, when Matt was 15, he appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" as the musical act, released his newest CD, hit #11 on the JazzWeek radio charts, garnered the #2 position in LIVE JAZZ sales on (behind only Keith Jarrett) and signed an international sub-publishing deal with SONY/ATV.

Matt has performed professionally worldwide in ensembles of various size and in solo concerts since 2001. He is the leader of the Matt Savage Trio. Domestic venues have included Birdland, the Blue Note, The Kennedy Center, The Kravis Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Regattabar and the Jazz Bakery (among many others). Festival appearances have included the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the VSA International Arts Festival, the Burlington [VT] Discover Jazz Festival and the Toronto Abilities Arts Festival. Performances have occurred in many countries, including all over the U.S. and Canada, Curacao, Aruba and Singapore (for the President of Singapore).

Matt Savage is just 18 years old and has already released eight albums. He has performed with such jazz greats as Bobby Watson, Chaka Khan (three times), the Ellington All Stars (Victor Jones, Manny Duran, Danny Zanker, Sam “Gracious” Gresham), Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Marcus McLaurine, Kenny Washington, John Pizzarelli, Bob Magnusson, Duncan Moore, Yoron Israel, Jim Vivian, Terry Clarke, Jim Cammack, Joris Teepe, Gunnar Biggs, Gerald Spaits, Max Weinberg, Ben Vereen, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (including Mark Harvey, Phil Scarff, Bill Lowe) and others. Matt has played with folk singer-songwriters Al Stewart and Shawn Colvin and opened for/double-billed with Wynton Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Dave Samuels, Alain Mallet and Alon Yavnai, D.D. Jackson, Seth Kaufman, John Payne and Charlie Adams. Off-stage, Matt has jammed with many additional jazz greats, including Chick Corea, Avishai Cohen, Jeff Ballard, McCoy Tyner, Avery Sharpe, Al Foster, Wynton Marsalis, Walter Blanding, Carlos Henriquez, Ali Jackson, Joshua Redman, Barry Altschul, Hayes Greenfield, Jack Jeffers, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, Ethan Iverson and others.

Awards for Matt, both compositional and performance-based, have been many. Matt has received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and been a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition every year since 2004. He garnered second place in the ISC in 2008. Matt was a recipient of the Dr. Margaret L. Bauman Award of Excellence in 2005 and the Council of Exceptional Children Award in 2008.

Matt has performed on numerous television shows, including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “20/20,” the “Today Show,” “MONTEL,” “The View”, CNN, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel and more. He’s been the focus of documentaries worldwide (in the U.S., Germany, Japan, the U.K., etc.). His most notable radio appearances include NPR’s “Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland” and “All Things Considered.” He performed on NPR’s “Jazz Piano Christmas,” sharing the stage with The Bad Plus, Arturo O’Farrill, Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Karrin Allyson and Lynne Arriale.

Articles about Matt have appeared in just about every major publication including Time Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal, JAZZIZ, JazzTimes, WIRED, American Way, The Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail (Canada), The Toronto Star, The Jerusalem Report, Afro American Syndicate, The New Paper (Singapore), The Global Voice (Taiwan), etc. Matt appeared on the cover of Time for Kids Magazine in its October 2003 issue. The cover story appeared in its World Report Edition.

JAZZIZ Magazine touts Matt as “a wildly inventive composer, interpreter and pianist no matter what his age.” JazzTimes concurs, labeling Matt “...a schooled, seasoned jazz pianist...” Says Marian McPartland, “This young man plays with grace, energy and originality. Jazz savant indeed!” And a recent Wall Street Journal article labeled Matt “…a phenomenally talented pianist