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2009 Stanford Jazz Festival

> 2009 Festival At A Glance
June 26   James Moody Quartet featuring Benny Green
June 27   Early Bird featuring Crosspulse Duo/Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
June 27   Gonzalo Rubalcaba
June 28   Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
July 3   Bobbe Norris with the Larry Dunlap Trio
July 5   Songs of Sinatra: An American Celebration
July 10   Wycliffe Gordon Quartet
July 11   Early Bird Jazz: Woodwinds & Strings
July 11   Regina Carter Quintet
July 12   Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz (But Were Afraid to Ask)
July 12   Wesla Whitfield & the Mike Greensill Trio
July 17   Brazilian Guitarist Paulo Bellinati with special guests Carlos Oliveira & Harvey Wainapel
July 18   The Donald Harrison 3D Experience
July 19   Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
July 20   Blastin’ Barriers with Frederick Harris & Friends
July 21   Julian Lage Group
July 22   Ruth Davies Blues Night with Elvin Bishop
July 23   Simply Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo
July 25   Matt Wilson’s Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage
July 26   Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency
July 27   Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer
July 28   Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath
July 29   1959 Revisited
July 30   SJW Mentors with Matt Wilson
Aug 1   Madeline Eastman featuring Terell Stafford
Aug 2   The Heath Brothers
Aug 3   Generations Jazz Project
Aug 4   Stan@Stanford: Remembering Stan Getz
Aug 5   Mulgrew Miller Trio
Aug 7   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 8   Dena DeRose Quartet featuring Steve Davis

Matt Wilson’s Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage
Douglas Yates, alto saxophone/clarinet; Julian Lage, guitar; Jorge Roeder, bass; Matt Wilson, drums

Saturday, July 25, 8 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $40 general | $20 students

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VIDEO: Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts - The Scenic Route

Listen: "Area Man"

Listen: "That's Gonna Leave a Mark"


Matt Wilson is a dynamic and adventurous drummer and bandleader with tremendous versatility and a distinctive style. Wilson has recorded and toured extensively with his own quartet and the groundbreaking group Arts & Crafts, showcasing his eclectic musical tastes and inclusive vision. The Matt Wilson Quartet’s newest CD, That’s Gonna Leave a Mark, includes original compositions by Wilson and his bandmates, classics by great jazz composers, and creative covers of well-known songs from other genres. Wilson is also a sought-after sideman for artists who run the gamut form traditional jazz to avant-garde experimentation. His swinging energy has propelled groups led by Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden, Herbie Nichols, Dena DeRose, and dozens of others, and these artists’ styles and innovations have augmented Wilson’s personal sound and broadened his musical horizons. For his Stanford Jazz Festival performance, Wilson teams up with two sensational young players—guitarist Julian Lage and bassist Jorge Roeder—as well as saxophonist/clarinetist Douglas Yates, a Stanford Jazz Workshop alumnus and Wilson’s colleague from the seminal Either/Orchestra.

“Wilson has emerged as one of the most in-demand and versatile musicians in jazz, comfortable as a bandleader or as a sideman, at home in a grassroots touring band playing small venues or performing at Carnegie Hall.”

– Downbeat Magazine

Matt Wilson website

Q&A with Matt Wilson

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
I had many casts on my left leg as a child. My mom would put toys around me (she believed that was the reason I play the drum set) and stack records on the turntable that would drop down after the other one finished. One of my favorite records (still is) was the recording of Louis Prima doing “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book. I also loved an old band recording of the “Yellow Rose of Texas” and especially Roger Miller’s Greatest Hits, a gift from my aunts.

Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
I like Julian Lage, Grace Kelly, Adam Larson and Marcus Gilmore among many others. Wow, I feel old. (not really)

What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
An English teacher or a wine maker.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had on the bandstand?
I got food poisoning in the middle of the first set of making a live CD with Dena DeRose. I made it though it wasn’t pretty.

What’s your favorite food?
I love a simple marinara sauce on al dente pasta. I also love arugula, green beans and broccoli rabe. I love Italy!

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
Terre Haute, Indiana. Maybe Thailand or Columbia or Turkey or South Africa?

What’s the last book you’ve read?
Daniel Barenboim’s Music Quickens Time.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Duke Ellington. Why? I know we’d have fun together. I also know it would be a groovy hang. Presently? Ornette Coleman for sure.

What’s your favorite tune?
The one I am playing.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
The fellowship of the folks gathered together by their love and appreciation of jazz. I love to hang, laugh, hear and tell stories.

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
The Green Mill in Chicago and the Village Vanguard here in New York City.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Wow, I love Ornette Coleman but there are so many.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?
Roger Miller’s Greatest Hits, Miles Davis Quintet’s Working, and Albert Ayler’s Love Cry.

How much do you practice each week?
I like to think of it as quality rather than quantity. Since the birth of my daughter in ’98 and then especially my triplet sons in 2001 I have learned to appreciate making use of what little time I may have to play by myself.

What hobbies do you have?
I like cooking, football, wine, history and poetry.

If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
A poet or an actor.
Do you have a favorite music-related joke (that can be told in mixed company!)?
How many trumpet players does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
One to screw it in and three others to say “Oh, I can do that and I haven’t even warmed up!”

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
I have always loved music and in 8th grade it just started to click. My band director also had a dance band and started to hire me for gigs around that time. I loved it then and I love it now!

If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it be and why?
It would be aqua because it is not common but is pleasing.