Drummer, composer, bandleader,
producer, author, educator and Palmetto recording artist Matt Wilson is
considered one of the most creative, talented and entertaining spirits
in jazz today. He recently won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Rising
Star Drummer for the fifth year in a row and his band, Arts and Crafts,
was voted Rising Star Small Group. In 2003, Wilson was voted Drummer of
the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and has been voted one of
the top jazz drummers of the year by Modern Drummer magazine readers for
the past three years.
At home in a variety of settings, Wilson
has appeared on over 170 recordings as a sideman and has performed
throughout the world. He performs with a wide range of ensembles
including bands led by Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Larry Goldings, Denny
Zeitlin, Bill Mays, Jane Ira Bloom, Dena Derose, Ted Nash, Frank
Kimbrough, Steve Cardenas, Mark Dresser and numerous others. In
addition, he has performed and or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Dewey
Redman, Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Andrew Hill,
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Paul Bley, Buster Williams, Ray Anderson, Eddie Gomez,
Michael Brecker, Curtis Stigers, John Medeski, Randy Brecker and Fred
Hersch. Wilson has made seven critically acclaimed albums as a leader
for Palmetto Records, a label he has been associated with for a decade.
His most recent “The Scenic Route” was released in February of 2007 and
is being recognized as one of the top jazz recordings of the year.
Wilson leads several of his own ensembles
including Arts and Crafts, the Matt Wilson Quartet, the Carl Sandburg
Project and Field Trip. His bands have toured throughout the U.S,
Europe, Canada and Australia and have performed at Carnegie Hall,
Chicago Symphony Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz
Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Melbourne, Australia Jazz
Festival, and numerous other festivals, halls, colleges and high
Wilson recently appeared on the Canadian
Bravo network television show "Solos”. He improvised pieces on drum set
and incorporated a juicer, children’s toys and electric drill into his
solo adventures. A full length DVD of the show will be released in 2008.
He is also one of the featured performers on the DVD of the 2003 Modern
Drummer Festival released by Hudson Music.
Matt is a popular educator and has
presented fun-filled workshops at schools, camps, festivals and
conventions throughout the world. He contributes a column "Improv
Playhouse" for Modern Drummer magazine and is currently working on a
book on improvisation for the drumset. In addition, Matt teaches at the
Interplay Jazz Camp, Stanford Jazz Workshop and Sarah Lawrence College.
Wilson endorses Craviotto drums, Zildjian
and sticks, Remo drumheads, Factory Metal percussion and Protechtor
Matt lives in Baldwin, New York with his
wife Felicia, daughter Audrey and triplet sons, Max, Henry and Ethan.
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