John C. Savage



John C. Savage

"...Savage is a badass, knock-down-drag-out force to be reckoned with..."

Willamette Week

"His flute playing is gorgeous."


"The jaw-dropping highlight of the evening was the sudden appearance of fiery, freeform alto saxophonist John Savage, who burst from the shadows with horn wailing."



Upcoming Gigs

Upcoming Gigs

Upcoming Gigs

October 21, 2017

Groove Revelation at The Secret Society with Grasshopper and     Tezeta Band, doors: 8:30 pm/show: 9:00 pm

October 14, 2017

The Bundy Band at The Skyline Tavern, 7-9pm

September 23, 2017

Esperanza Spalding has put together a group of local talent including Darrell Grant, Mike Gamble, and John C. Savage to celebrate 125 years of the Portland Art Museum. The band will perform from 9:15-10pm during the gala's after party.

August 9, 2017

Golden Retriever with John C. Savage, Reed Wallsmith, Noah Bernstein, and Andy Rayborn-saxophones, and Matt Hannafin-percussion Holocene, 8pm

July 16, 2017

Lawn Party at the Doug Fir Lounge, 3pm

July 1, 2017

Improvisation Summit of Portland (Round Robin Duets 11:00pm-midnight)

June 15, 2017

Lawn Party at The Goodfoot, 9:30pm

June 10, 2017

Groove Revelation at The Skyline Tavern, 7-9pm

May 20, 2017

Lawn Party at Mississippi Pizza, 9pm

May 18, 2017

Andre St. James Quartet with John C. Savage, Tim DuRoche, and John Jensen. Corkscrew, 8pm

May 13, 2017

The Bundy Band at The Skyline Tavern, 7-9pm

April 28, 2017

Poet Claudia F. Savage's book launch for Bruising Continents at Ford Food and Drink, with special guests poet Stephanie Heit and musicians John C. Savage, Andre St. James and Tim Duroche, 7pm

April 21, 2017

Lawn Party at the Laurelthirst Public House, 10:30pm

March 11, 2017

The Bundy Band at The Skyline Tavern, 7-9pm

February 8, 2017

 Andre St. James, Tim DuRoche, and John C. Savage Trio at Iconic, 8pm

January 28, 2017

Thick In The Throat Honey, It's Okay Girl, and Sporting at Leaven Community, 7:30pm

January 21, 2017

The Extradition Series at Leaven Community, 7:30pm-10pm

Performed by Joe Cunningham (tenor sax), Christian Pincock (trombone), Andy Rayborn (baritone sax), John C. Savage (alto sax), Jonathan Sielaff (bass clarinet), and Evan Spacht (trombone). Comprising just 71 words, "Swell Piece" is one of ten short, mostly text and graphic compositions known as the "Postal Pieces" after the composer's habit of sending them to friends on the backs of postcards.

January 14, 2017

Groove Revelation at The Skyline Tavern, 7pm-9pm


December 9, 2016

Lovejoy (formerly Jon Ostrom Band, Alberta St. Public House, 9pm


December 7, 2016

Rich Halley Duo and Tim DuRoche Trio,  at Turn, Turn, Turn, 8pm


November 18, 2016

ReSoundings, Oregon State University,12pm                                                                          


November 13, 2016 

Demolition Duo at Turn, Turn, Turn, 8pm


October 28, 2016

The Bundy Band at The Skyline Tavern, 7-9pm