$10 Cover @ the Door / Start 6:15pm / Doors 6pm
Pianist Matt Savage will do a special classical show that showcases a different side of his playing from his usual jazz improvisations. The centerpiece of this performance will be his own "Piano Sonata No. 2," an ambitious work in one long movement that shifts through styles and tempos. And there will be a couple of surprise short pieces as well.
Matt Savage, age 24, has had a remarkable fifteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer, performing with ensembles of different size and as a solo pianist. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz since first labeled a “jazz prodigy” at age 8 – the same year he met and played piano for Dave Brubeck. Matt has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with artists such as Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Matt’s encounters with these jazz greats have always resulted in praise. Saxophonist Bobby Watson said it well after he first performed with Matt (age 11) in Kansas City. “It’s not so much that he was a virtuoso; he had chops, but he also had direction and he had language. Where did that come from? . . . I knew it wasn’t a pretend thing, that he was the real thing and he’d be in music for the rest of his life.”
Along the way, Matt’s talent has taken him beyond the jazz world. In 2015 alone, he performed with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Shawn Colvin at a benefit concert at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. He ended that year performing with Steve Earle and Jackson Browne in New York City.
Aaron Gratzmiller Saxophone Quartet
Aaron Gratzmiller presents an exciting selection Saxophone Quartet chamber classics including works by Astor Piazzolla and Phil Woods.
Aaron Gratzmiller has been performing in the New England area for over 5 years. His big sound and melodic approach have found a home in all sorts of musical situations, ranging from small jazz groups to R&B bands. Aaron honed his skills at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2012 with a degree in music performance. In addition to performing, Aaron teaches at Cambridge Arts Academy and is the Artistic Director for the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation.