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 schools.
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 Protector cases.
Matt lives in Baldwin, New York with his wife Felicia, daughter Audrey and triplet sons, Max, Henry and Ethan. Have fun at www.mattwilsonjazz.com