Matt Wilson

I was born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois September 27th 1964. I was lucky to have cool parents who encouraged me in my creative pursuits where it was music, theater, writing or weird art. I became interested in playing the drums in the third grade after seeing Buddy Rich on the Lucy Show. He was judging a local drum contest featuring Ricky Jr. a fine drummer. Inspired, I pooled together some capital and purchased some Ludwig 9a sticks at the local Byerly Music store. With sticks in hand I began exploring a wide range of suitable cookware and five gallon buckets as sound sources. Soon my parents made in investment in a used of brand snare drum drum and cymbal. My middle brother played the saxophone and we immersed in the local PTA and 4H concert circuit at a very young age. It was quite a duo, Mark with his Beuscher tenor and me with my minimalist set up of orange sparkle snare drum and 10” sheet metal cymbal. We had a book that explored all of the hits of the 60’s and 70’s. (We were serious Herb Alpert afficiandos). We even had some cool schtick: I guess times have not really changed.

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Albums

Gathering Call
Gathering Call
Palmetto Records
2013
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WeBop: A Family Jazz Party
WeBop: A Family Jazz...
Jazz At Lincoln Center
2012
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An Attitude For Gratitude
An Attitude For...
Palmetto Records
2012
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That's Gonna Leave A Mark
That's Gonna Leave A...
Palmetto Records
2009
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The Scenic Route
The Scenic Route
Palmetto Records
2007
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Wake Up! (To What's Happening)
Wake Up! (To What's...
Palmetto Records
2004
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