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MATT SAVAGE TO BE FEATURED ON TWO TELEVISION SPECIALS ON APRIL 22ND AND 29TH
“NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE” AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S “BEAUTIFUL MINDS – VOYAGE INTO THE BRAIN: STRUCK BY GENIUS”
SAVAGE ALSO WINS YOUNG JAZZ COMPOSER AWARD FROM ASCAP FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Matt Savage will be featured on the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon television series, “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee,” on Sunday, April 22nd at 8:30 PM EDT and PDT. The special “Nick News” segment takes Matt from an interview in the music room of the family’s 18th century farmhouse, and life on the family’s organic farm, to Matt’s acclaimed performances in jazz clubs and concert halls. On April 29, at 2:00 PM EDT, the National Geographic channel will air Part II (“Struck by Genius”) of the acclaimed 2005 documentary series, “Beautiful Minds – Voyage into the Brain,” which includes a feature on Matt Savage.
For the third consecutive year, Matt Savage has received ASCAP’s Young Jazz Composer of the Year award. His 2006/2007 ASCAP honors are for the jazz composition, “Hide and Seek” from the Matt Savage Trio’s current album, “Quantum Leap.” On June 1, Matt will be among the honorees recognized at ASCAP’s annual Jazz Wall Event in New York City, at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where they will honor Jazz greats and celebrate the achievements of young jazz composers.
On June 3, the Matt Savage Trio will perform at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska in a concert to benefit the GWR Sunshine Foundation. On June 29, the Trio will perform at the world renowned Ottawa International Jazz Festival in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Matt Savage Trio traveled to the Netherlands Antilles in March for a series of concerts in Curacao and Aruba. Savage’s composition, “Curacao,” from “Quantum Leap,” was inspired by the Trio’s first trip to that island. Back by special invitation, it was the Trio’s second appearance in Curacao and first appearance in Aruba, both popular island destinations in the Caribbean Sea.
On February 5, The Matt Savage Trio made their first appearance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Their performance kicked-off ASCAP’s “Month of Mondays” jazz showcase series. This was the Trio’s first time back in New York City since their December 12th appearance on NBC-TV’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” After the band played Matt’s Latin-fused “Curacao,” Conan enthusiastically brought the young jazz prodigy to the couch for an interview, telling Savage, “You blew my mind. That was incredible!”
“Quantum Leap,” released in September, is the fifth CD by The Matt Savage Trio, seventh album by 14-year-old Savage, and the first to receive nationwide retail and international distribution via Palmetto Records (MRI/RED). The November issues ofJAZZIZand JazzTimes both featured excellent reviews of “Quantum Leap.” Praising Matt’s talent, JAZZIZsays, “his amazing technique shines.” JazzTimesdescribes Savage sounding like a “schooled, seasoned jazz pianist” who is “well on the way to forging an effective personal language.” In October, the album received a rave review in the All Music Guide,describing it as “absolutely astonishing, refreshing and engaging.”