Celebrated Grammy® Nominated Jazz Drummer and Artist to Appear at Art of Jazz Series
One thing you can count on in jazz is an abundance of drummers. But only a select few reach the level of Matt Wilson. While some drummers impress with their technical skills, Matt Wilson stands out because he not only has great drumming abilities but also a deep understanding of jazz history, a natural sense of timing, a unique style as a band leader, and strong connections with other musicians. These qualities make him an exceptional figure in the jazz world, known for his contagious enthusiasm, distinctive style, and lively rhythm that are unmatched by many.
Hailing from Knoxville, Illinois, Matt Wilson is not your typical drummer. His enthusiastic passion, distinctive style, and sense of humor become part of every performance with an unwavering sense of surprise. He’s not just a musician; he’s an educator, a fervent supporter of jazz, and a catalyst for creating connections between music and people. Whether he’s performing at prestigious venues like the White House or inspiring young musicians to embrace their uniqueness, Wilson approaches music with a clear mission: to forge a dynamic and heartfelt bond between musicians and their audience.
Matt Wilson’s journey as a bandleader has produced thirteen albums, each a testament to his musical artistry. One of his most notable works, “Honey And Salt (Music Inspired By The Poetry Of Carl Sandburg),” received international acclaim, earning a place on over thirty “Best of 2017” lists. With a coveted 5-star review from DownBeat, the album is a masterpiece that demonstrates his ability to seamlessly blend personal and musical narratives.
While Wilson is celebrated as a bandleader, his influence reaches far beyond his solo career. He has co-led a dozen albums, collaborated with an array of jazz legends, and contributed his distinctive drumming to over 400 albums. From jazz icons like Dewey Redman and Paul Bley to contemporary talents like Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose, his versatile drumming has left an indelible mark on the jazz world.
And Matt Wilson has performed alongside an extensive list of jazz legends, including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, James Genus, and a myriad of others such as Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Geri Allen, Elvis Costello, Candido Camero, Freddie Redd, Butch Warren, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, John Zorn, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Marshall Allen, Nels Cline, Rufus Reid, Jason Moran, Bill Henderson, Frank Wess, Anat Cohen, Steve Nelson, George Cables, Mulgrew Miller, Chris Potter, Regina Carter, Benny Green, John Clayton, Bobby Watson, Eddie Gomez, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, George Mraz, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Hubert Laws, and Hank Jones.
The Grammy® nominated Matt Wilson’s remarkable career has not gone unnoticed. He consistently receives recognition in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll and the DownBeat Readers Poll, JazzTimes, and Modern Drummer. His face graces the covers of influential jazz publications, and his work has earned him prestigious awards, such as “Drummer of the Year” as well as “Jazz Artist of the Year” in the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Awards. As well as a “Jazz Album of the Year” for “Honey and Salt.”
Beyond his captivating performances, Wilson actively works to introduce jazz to new audiences. He curates the “Jazz on Stage” series at Long Island’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, offering listeners a unique opportunity to experience music up close. Additionally, he hosts “Playdate with Matt Wilson” on New York jazz radio station WBGO, sharing his passion for jazz with a broader audience.
Matt Wilson’s impact on the jazz world is immeasurable. His infectious spirit, unique drumming approach, and dedication to jazz education make him a true luminary. Whether you’re a dedicated jazz enthusiast or simply appreciate extraordinary talent, witnessing Matt Wilson in concert is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. His upcoming performance at the Art of Jazz Series on Friday, November 10th promises to be an unforgettable night of music, celebrating the musical genius of Tadd Dameron.
Wilson will be part of an extraordinary project spearheaded by the legendary baritone saxophonist, Gary Smulyan. Smulyan’s “Tadd’s, All Folks” program featuring vocalist Anaïs Reno is a highly acclaimed artistic journey whereby the drumming of Matt Wilson is integral to its’ presentation.
For a truly incredible evening at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum not only featuring the extraordinary drummer Matt Wilson, but also 6-time Grammy® winner Gary Smulyan, Pete Malinverni, piano, Ugonna Ukegwo, bass, and Anaïs Reno, vocals, get your season pass to the Art of Jazz Series and tickets for this special show. This show will be a rare live performance presentation of one of the most acclaimed studio projects of 2022.
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