Blog- November 2013

Blog- November 2013

I just finished midterms at Manhattan School of Music; it’s been two months since I arrived in New York City on August 28th.  I’ve already been to more amazing jazz shows than I can count.  The number of jazz venues in this city is nothing short of astounding.  And of course, I’m going to jam sessions with all of my friends.  The Jazz Master’s program is very small, so we all know each other very well and go to all of the same classes.

There’s so much to see and do in this city.  First of all, there are lots of attractions and many restaurants… I highly recommend Koreatown, Little Italy, and any hidden Brooklyn nightclub.  Second of all, there are five boroughs, each with its own characteristics (and Central Park is a whole other world in itself). And finally, the transportation system is very far-reaching, so one can go just about anywhere in the city. Sometimes I feel like I live on the subway…

I also just started teaching at the McCarton School (a school for children with autism) here in New York.  It’s so wonderful to be teaching music to all of these young people.

I actually have a Manhattan School of Music (MSM) ensemble recital on Tuesday, November 5.  It’s with my friends:  Brandon Wright on tenor sax, Hoo Kim on bass (who also played at the Jazz Standard this October), and Curtis Nowosad on drums.  We’ll each contribute original tunes to this recital.

But that’s not the only gig I have this fall…

I have four more concerts in my CD release tour (two newly added).  Here they are:


Saturday, November 30, 2013 – 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM (2 shows).  Washington, DC.  Bohemian Caverns.  CD release concert.  More info HERE.  Matt Savage – piano; Marcus Strickland – tenor saxophone; James King – bass; Nasar Abadey – drums
Saturday, December 7, 2013 – 8 PM and 10 PM (2 shows).  Philadelphia, PA.  Chris’ Jazz Cafe.  CD release concert.  More info HERE.  Matt Savage – piano; Ben Flocks – tenor saxophone; Lee Smith – bass; Dan Monaghan – drums
Saturday, December 21, 2013 – 8 PM and 9:30 PM (2 shows).  Baltimore, MD.  An Die Musik LIVE!  CD release concert.  More info HERE.  Matt Savage – piano; Tim Green – alto saxophone; James King – bass; Nasar Abadey – drums
Monday, January 6, 2014 – 7 PM and 9 PM (2 shows).  Boca Raton, FL.  JAZZIZ Nightlife.  CD release concert.  More info HERE.  Matt Savage – piano; Gary Thomas – bass; Michael Piolet – drums


I also have a new YouTube video up now… it’s “Take the A Train,” recorded live at the Boston Regattabar CD release concert on October16.  Jerry Bergonzi is on tenor sax, Mark Zaleski is on soprano sax, Bruce Gertz plays bass, and the drummer is Richie Barshay.  All of these musicians are on my new album A Bigger Celebration.  You can watch the video HERE.

Hopefully I’ll see you soon. And I’ll keep posting more music for the holidays…


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