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Matt Wilson

Zildjian Artist Matt Wilson Named 2011 Drummer of the Year by Jazz Journalists Association

Selected amongst best of the best

The Jazz Journalists Association, at their annual awards ceremony held in New York City, voted Zildjian artist, Matt Wilson, Drummer of the Year.

Wilson was chosen among a stellar list of nominees: Roy Haynes, Paul Motian, Lewis Nash, Nasheet Waits, and Eric Harland. This is the second time Wilson has been awarded the honor in the 10 years he has been nominated.

Matt maintains a busy schedule as a performer and as a teaching artist. In the past year he performed at the White House with an all-star jazz group that included Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker and Dianne Reeves. He debuted several new projects including the Matt Wilson Quartet plus Strings at the Newport Jazz Festival as well as Topsy Turvy and MultiMonk as part of the Lost Shrine Jazz Series at the Tribeca Theater in New York City. In addition, Wilson served as musical director for the series and his band, Arts and Crafts, also performed with 90 year old conga master Candido Camero as their special guest. He released his 9th album as a leader on Palmetto Records, Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O, as well as appearing on many releases as a sideman including a Grammy nominated appearance on a release by cellist Matt Haimovitz. Wilson also performed in bands led by Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Karrin Allyson, Myra Melford, Marty Ehrlich/Ray Anderson, Ted Nash, Wess Anderson, Jeff Lederer, Noah Preminger, and numerous other projects including Elvis Costello with the Dallas Symphony, Trio M, and the Either/Orchestra.

Wilson hosted a Jazz for Young People's Concert for Jazz at Lincoln Center that featured his quartet with special guest Marshall Allen. In addition, Wilson was the artist in residence at the Litchfield Jazz Festival where he interviewed Dave Brubeck and this summer will return to that post where he will interview Roy Haynes, Joe Lovano and Jimmy Heath. He also conducted master classes at PASIC, JEN and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as at many colleges and high schools. Matt continues to be a faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.

Matt dedicates his award to his wife Felicia who is recuperating following a bone marrow transplant.

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