EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) will celebrate seventy-five years of dedicated service with a musical treat from Matt Savage on Thursday November 6, 2014 7:30 PM at Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston, NJ.

Matt Savage is a musical savant diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Within two years of teaching himself to play the piano he was working with such musical greats as Dave Brubeck and Chick Corea. 

While developing his musical talents, Matt worked to improve his social and communication skills, frequently a difficult task for people with autism. His hard work and family support led to numerous performances and personal appearances, creating a wonderful transition between the musical and spoken word. In 2003, at the age of 11, Matt debuted at the famed Blue Note in Manhattan and was signed as a Bosendorfer Piano artist. Since then, Matt has performed for worldwide audiences in solo concerts and with his own Matt Savage Trio. 

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A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Matt is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He recently released his 9th album, Matt Savage: A Bigger Celebration. 

The Wall Street Journal has labeled Matt “a phenomenally talented pianist and composer who demands to be taken seriously on purely musical terms.”

Learn about Matt and his amazing musical ability at: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=1OZtOD-MGxI. A trailer of his latest album “A Bigger Celebration” can be heard at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMprcr5HIsI and https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=TG9nZqZtrL8.

Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)

Founded in 1939, JVS is a not-for-profit agency that provides New Jersey residents with career counseling and job placement assistance, customized skills training, adult education, vocational rehabilitation, eldercare and health and human services on a nonsectarian basis. 

In 2013 JVS served almost 16,000 individuals ranging in age from 14 to over 100 in the MetroWest community and throughout the State. JVS lives by the credo: “The highest degree of charity is to take hold of someone who has been crushed...to find work for them...and thus put them on their feet so they will not be dependent upon others.” -Moses Maimonides (1135-1204)