New York-based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of today's most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a composer, bandleader, producer, impresario and teaching artist. Matt’s positive spirit, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Matt’s dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand.
Matt leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O, Big Happy Family, Topsy Turvy and the Carl Sandburg Project. He has performed with many legends of music including Herbie Hancock, Dewey Redman, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Elvis Costello, Paul Bley, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Marshall Allen, Jane Ira Bloom, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and Hank Jones. Wilson has appeared on over 350 albums as a sideman, has released 12 recordings as a leader for Palmetto Records and has co-led 10 album projects.
Matt has been featured on the covers of Downbeat, JazzTimes, JazzIz, New York Jazz Record and Coda magazines and was voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for five consecutive years. In both 2003 and 2011, he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and in 2015, he was named Drummer of the Year by the NYC Hot House Fan Decision Awards.