New York based drummer and bandleader, Matt Wilson, was the cover story subject of the two leading U.S. jazz magazines for the month of November. The Downbeat article is an interview with fellow drummers and bandleaders Lewis Nash and Jeff "Tain" Watts conducted by Ken Micallef. The JazzTimes piece is an in-depth look at the world of Matt Wilson written by noted jazz writer Nate Chinen.
Wilson had an extremely busy summer and fall touring with his quartet in support of their 2009 release That's Gonna Leave a Mark, his eighth album as a leader for Palmetto records.
In addition, Matt toured with Trio M throughout Canada and Europe and also performed with the John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet, Elvis Costello, Joe Lovano and Us Five, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, John Medeski, Greg Osby, Ted Nash, Joey DeFrancesco, Ray Anderson-Marty Ehrlich Quartet, Dena DeRose, Myra Melford, Benny Green, Dave Liebman and many others.
Matt was also artist-in-residence at the Cornish School of the Arts as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and conducted workshops at the University of Washington, University of Colorado, University of Central Washington, Towson State University, Metro State University, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival and the Osnabruck Conservatory in Germany. He was also on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and continues teaching at Sarah Lawrence College. He is currently writing a book which will explore improvising and creativity for the drumset.
Matt has been a Zildjian cymbal and stick endorser since 1991 and uses a wide array of Zildjian cymbals to express his sonic imagination.
Matt is touring extensively throughout 2010. Check out more of Matt's crazy world at www.mattwilsonjazz.com.