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Matt Wilson artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street and Tootie Heath perform at the Village Vanguard.

January 30, 2014 Hear twin sets of shimmering cymbals and bass-drum drop-kicks from the Village Vanguard.

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Matt Wilson.

September 5, 2012 A colorful drummer who proudly deploys his goofy joy, Wilson leads a long-running band in concert.

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Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding performs at the Village Vanguard with the Joe Lovano Us Five, just a month before her Best New Artist win.

February 17, 2011 Hear Greg Osby and Joe Lovano's Us Five in concert, featuring Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding.

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Matt Wilson Quartet at Newport Jazz 2010; credit: Erik Jacobs for NPR

February 15, 2011 The easygoing drummer brought his working band to Newport with a string quartet and guest vocalist.

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Joe Lovano.

January 12, 2011 The monster tenorman and his two-drummer band play Charlie Parker's music at the jazz institution.

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Mingus Big Band

April 22, 2010 It's a big, bigger, biggest show with Joanne Brackeen, Ron Miles' Quartet and the Mingus Big Band.

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Lee Konitz.

January 20, 2010 Still going full tilt, the wonderfully unpredictable octogenarian and jazz legend performs.

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Matt Wilson

April 9, 2009 Drummer Matt Wilson calls his quartet Arts and Crafts because it makes music from scratch.

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Ted Nash

April 8, 2010 Nash adapts Henry Mancini themes for quartet at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

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Interviews & Profiles

Matt Wilson plays drums in the jazz ensemble Arts and Crafts.

June 23, 2012 The jazz drummer says great percussionists like Buddy Rich and Max Roach make their cymbals "sing."

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Discover Songs

Bob with Tree

December 13, 2010 Get the All Songs Considered holiday music special a week early by subscribing to the podcast.

Reviews

James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.

February 14, 2014 Hear new music from Archie Shepp, Edward Simon, James Brandon Lewis, Zara McFarlane and more.

Like a comedian, drummer Matt Wilson knows about offhand dexterity and split-second timing.

February 7, 2012 Like a comedian, the drummer knows something about offhand dexterity and split-second timing.

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More Stories

collage of artists featured on the show

December 21, 2010 Grab a blanket and curl up in front of the fire. It's time for the All Songs holiday special.

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Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

December 20, 2010 Though heavy on puns, the extraordinary jazz drummer's merry band isn't light on musicianship.

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NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Hear Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Hear concerts and interviews with the grandiose art-rock band.

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An Attitude For Gratitude

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  • Released: 2012
 

The Scenic Route

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Last Christmas

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  • Released: 1998
 

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  • Artist: Rosemary Clooney
  • Label: Passport
  • Released: 2005
 

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  • Released: 2095
 

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  • Released: 2089