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Matt Wilson — Drums

Matt Wilson

New York based drummer Matt Wilson is one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Matt’s positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand. Matt was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines in November 2009 and was for 5 consecutive years voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. In 2003, the Jazz Journalists Association voted Wilson as the Drummer of the Year .

He leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts and the Carl Sandburg Project and co-leads Trio M with Myra Melford and Mark Dresser. Matt is integral part of bands led by Joe Lovano/John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Denny Zeitlin, Ted Nash, Myra Melford, Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose among others. He has performed with a wide range of musical luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Andrew Hill, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Frisell, Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny and Hank Jones. Wilson has appeared on 220 CDs as a sideman. He has released 8 as a leader for Palmetto Records as well as co-leading 5 additional releases.

Matt’s ability to clearly communicate and inspire with passion, humor and creativity has made him one of the most sought after teaching artists in jazz. He has been invited to conduct workshops at the International Association of Jazz Educators and Percussive Arts Society conventions as well as at the Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music and Indiana University among numerous schools around the world. He is a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Craviotto Drums and Remo drumheads.

Matt resides in Baldwin, NY with his wife Felicia, daughter Audrey and triplet sons Henry, Max and Ethan.

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