Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts to wrap Ke-Nekt series

Matt WilsonRenowned drummer Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts combo will wrap SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Music Series on Wednesday, April 29.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, with a pre-concert talk by Wilson starting at 7 p.m.

First inspired to play by legendary drummer Buddy Rich, Wilson has since racked up accolades for his jazz drumming and arrangements. Downbeat magazine critics named him its rising star drummer four consecutive years, the New York Jazz Critics Circle named him Best New Artist, and he won he a Modern Drummer readers’ poll in 2004.

“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 noted. “The catchy mix of mischief and diligence, humor and reverence that he imparts into his music has made him popular across genre lines.”

The Arts and Crafts ensemble includes Terell Stafford on trumpet and flugelhorn, Martin Wind on bass and Gary Versace on piano, organ and accordion. Assembled for a recording project for Palmetto Records, this group allowed him to explore tunes he had long wanted to play and “challenged me to compose pieces that stretched the ‘classic’ jazz quartet instrumentation,” Wilson said.

Two albums with this quartet—“Arts and Crafts” and “The Scenic Route”—are among Wilson’s seven releases as a bandleader.

“The music was extraordinary and we have a great time traveling together,” Wilson said of his Arts and Crafts projects. “The gentlemen are all also knowledgeable, caring and humorous teachers and I gained so much from being around them.”

Tickets to the April 29 concert cost $15 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). For evening and weekend events at SUNY Oswego, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge.

For information or reservations, call 312-2141, e-mail or visit

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(Posted: Apr 08, 2009)

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