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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.

I played in all of the groups in school and finally learned how to read music.I had a cool high school band director who started hiring me to play drums in his weekend dance band. I t was fun and I made some cash which was nice for an eighth grader. Soon I was playing in local groups of all kinds. A big band, very creative rock band called Common Denominator, country bands, Dixieland bands anything I could play. I was also extremely fortunate to study with a great local drummer who taught me music not just how to play fast. He was very inspirational and was very helpful in my pre paring for college.

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January 19, 2014

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Matt Wilson

April 18, 2013

Jazz This Week: Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival with Anat Cohen, Matt...

March 22, 2012

Jazz This Week: Matt Wilson and Arts and Crafts, Straight Ahead, Grand...

March 21, 2012

Matt Wilson and Arts and Crafts to Present Free Performance and Clinic...

February 09, 2012

Drummer Matt Wilson Interviewed at All About Jazz...And More!

January 27, 2012

Vocalist Chloe Brisson Releases CD "Blame It on My Youth" Featuring...

January 05, 2012

APAP JazzConnect Session: Building Cultural Jazz Communities through...

October 17, 2011

"Three Musicians" is New CD from Pianist/Arranger Joan Stiles,...

December 12, 2011

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May 12, 2011

2011 Lost Jazz Shrines Series Features the World of Matt Wilson

December 22, 2010

CD Review: Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

December 19, 2010

Christmas CDs: Matt Wilson, Matassa/Anderson

November 16, 2010

“Christmas Tree-O: A Holiday Concert” by Litchfield Jazz Festival...

July 27, 2010

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Honey And Salt

Honey And Salt

Palmetto Records
2017

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Beginning of A Memory

Beginning of A Memory

Palmetto Records
2016

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Gathering Call

Gathering Call

Palmetto Records
2014

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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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Bringers

Bringers

Matt Wilson
Honey And Salt

Beginning of a Memory

Beginning of a Memory

Matt Wilson
Beginning of A Memory

No Outerwear

No Outerwear

Matt Wilson
An Attitude For Gratitude

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

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