The Kennedy Center

Matt Savage


In 2000, when Matt Savage was eight years old, he played piano for Dave Brubeck and jammed at a sound session with Chick Corea. The following year he was invited to jam with jazz great McCoy Tyner. In 2003, at the age of 11, Savage 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, Savage had performed twice with Chaka Khan. In 2007, he 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 series. In 2008, when Savage was fifteen, he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman as the musical act, released his newest CD, hit No. 11 on the JazzWeek radio charts, garnered the No. 2 position in Live Jazz sales on (behind only Keith Jarrett), and signed an international sub-publishing deal with SONY/ATV.

Savage has performed professionally worldwide in ensembles of various sizes and in solo concerts since 2001. 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 2004 International VSA Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and the Toronto Abilities Arts Festival. Matt Savage was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and is one of fewer than 100 people known worldwide as "prodigious savants."

Now just 17 years old, Savage has already released eight albums. He has received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award every year since 2005 and topped the International Songwriting Competition each year since 2006.
Matt Savage