“IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE BE EXPOSED TO ARTISTS WHO CAN COMMUNICATE THEIR PASSION FOR JAZZ MUSIC. THE WORKSHOP RECENTLY PRESENTED BY THE MATT WILSON QUARTET WAS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST WE HAVE HAD IN OUR 7 YEAR HISTORY!”
DIRECTOR OF THE GAM FOUNDATION
The GAM Foundation is a Salt Lake City, Utah organization established to increase awareness, appreciation and popularity of Jazz in the community. The foundation produces Jazz at the Sheraton, a concert series that has brought to Utah the biggest names in Jazz over the past seven years including Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The foundation donates 350 tickets to each concert to over 45 local schools.
“TO EXPERIENCE THE MATT WILSON QUARTET IN AN EDUCATIONAL CLINIC IS TO EXPERIENCE PURE MAGIC. IT IS NOT ABOUT TECHNIQUE AND THE SCIENCE OF JAZZ. IT IS ABOUT MUSIC, AND THE MUSIC OF THE MWQ TRANSCENDS BOUNDARIES. IT WILL REACH EVERYONE. I RECOMMEND THEM HIGHLY!
DIRECTOR OF JAZZ STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
COMMITTED TO “BRINGING IT TO THE PEOPLE”!
The Matt Wilson Quartet has delighted audiences of all ages throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Their stellar musicianship, creative energy and entertaining presentation make them one of the most engaging ensembles in jazz today. They have fun, so will you!
COMMITTED TO JAZZ EDUCATION.
Since 1997 the Matt Wilson Quartet, as a band, has exposed literally thousands of students to the joys of improvised music. Their fun-loving approach allows students to express themselves and explore. They believe that “playing” is the path to discovery.
Each member of the quartet is a passionate educator devoted to opening up the student’s potential. They are able to communicate ideas on a broad range of topics and do so in a caring and easy to understand fashion.
Matt Wilson and his bands respect and nurtures the student’s creative gifts and their popular workshops inspire students of all ages and all of levels.
A list of recent workshop appearances:
Melbourne, Australia Jazz Festival
Children’s Concerts, Molde, Norway Jazz Festival
Children’s concert, Rochester Jazz Festival
GAM Foundation Salt Lake City, Utah
Braga, Portugal Jazz Festival
Tallcorn Jazz Festival, University of Northern Iowa
Artists in Residence, Wichita Jazz Festival
Artists in Residence, Mineola NY Public Schools
Artists in Residence , Galesburg, Illinois Public Schools
As well as the Vermont Jazz Center, New England Conservatory, University of Iowa, Grinnell College, Northern Illinois University, Quincy College, Drake University, Augustana College, Blackhawk College, Lawrence University, William Paterson College, Washburn University, Bethel College and numerous other colleges and public schools.