MATT SAVAGE: PIANO VOYAGES TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 14TH
Matt Savage: Piano Voyages is Matt’s 12th album. To celebrate its release there will be a tour kicking off on October 19 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.
Matt’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.”
Through 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 Live Celebration: 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 Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, chronicling the late alto saxophonist Frank Morgan’s troubled life and eventual redemption.
October 19 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 Friends Concert at Town Hall, benefiting the Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with Autism.