Zildjian artist Matt Wilson recently performed as part an all-star jazz group at the White House. The concert was part of the State Dinner honoring the visit of President Hu of China and was hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Matt played with Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, and James Genus. He had the great privilege to meet the President and the First Lady Obama as well President Hu, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, Secretary Hillary Clinton, as well as many other guests including Barbra Streisand and Yo Yo Ma.
“It was definitely a thrill to be a part of such an event with these amazing musicians. I have to say, it was exhilarating to hear President Obama announce my name in his post concert remarks. I kissed the First Lady on the cheek too, which was exciting!”
Matt maintains his active touring and recording schedule playing with his own bands, the Matt Wilson Quartet and Arts and Crafts, as well as with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Elvis Costello, Myra Melford, Dena Derose, Trio M, Noah Preminger, Kenny Werner and many others. He was also nominated for Grammy for his contributions to cellist Matt Haimovitz’s recording, Meeting of the Spirits. Matt also conducted acclaimed workshops at PASIC, Midwest Band and Jazz Educators Network conference in addition to the numerous educational outreach activities he conducts yearly. Matt will again be the Artist in Residence at the Litchfield Jazz Festival and will conduct a public interview with jazz drumming legend and Zildjian artist, Roy Haynes.
Matt also released a very popular holiday recording, Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O. The Tree-o stopped by Zildjian headquarters in December and performed a concert of Christmas favorites (photo below).