March 1, 2010

Free Jazz Clinics Open to Public as Award-Winning Drummer Matt Wilson Accompanies SSU's Jazz Orchestra and Concert Jazz Ensembles, March 11

mattwilson1.jpgJazz drummer Matt Wilson, one of the most imaginative jazz artists of his generation, performs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 with the SSU's Jazz Orchestra and Concert Jazz Ensembles in Warren Auditorium. A suggested donation of $15 will go directly to the Mel Graves scholarship fund for SSU jazz students.

Wilson was voted Jazz Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2003 and for the past four years has been voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the DownBeat International Critic's Poll. He has also received prominent mentions in the Jazz Artist and Composer categories.

"Matt is deep. As a drummer, he can authentically deliver any style, from early jazz to avant-garde. He's an inspiring leader and a much sought-after sideman. He's an accomplished composer and jazz historian," says Doug Leibinger, Director of Jazz Studies at SSU.

Wilson is a popular clinician and has conducted workshops for students around the world and will lead student clinics during his time in-residence at SSU during the second week of March.

The community as well as students are invited to any of Wilson' educational rehearsals and lectures from March 9-11 for free.

The residency schedule is:

Tuesday, March 9

1-2 p.m. - lecture on Jazz History
4-5:30 p.m. - rehearse with Classic Jazz Ensemble
7-8:30 p.m. - rehearse with Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, March 10
10:45 a.m.-noon - lecture jazz composition class
1-3 p.m. - clinic for all jazz students
4-6:30 p.m. - rehearse with big band

Wilson is also an active composer and in high demand as a sideman, performing regularly with the Dewey Redman Quartet and Lee Konitz Trio. He has performed on over 160 recordings and has toured throughout the world.

In addition to his musical accomplishments, Wilson leads Arts & Crafts (voted one of the top acoustic jazz groups in the 2005 and 2006 Downbeat Critic's Poll), The Matt Wilson Quartet, The Carl Sandburg Project and The Rugged 4, as well as having made seven acclaimed recordings as a leader in his ten-year association with Palmetto Records.

Tickets are free to SSU students. To purchase tickets contact the School of Performing Arts Box Office at (707) 664-2353. For more information go to or call the Music Department at (707) 664-2468.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057