Grammy nominee, drummer Matt Wilson to perform at Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-02-10 12:06:37 - General

Matt Wilson (photo by Jimmy Katz)
Matt Wilson (photo by Jimmy Katz)

Grammy nominee and drummer Matt Wilson will perform at the Coe College 2017 Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Iowa's largest jazz festival will feature more than 90 middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

The special guest artist for the event, Wilson is one of today's most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer and teaching artist. Wilson's positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand. In addition, Wilson's dedication to jazz has helped establish him as a beloved world ambassador for the music, on and off the bandstand.

Tickets to the concert may be purchased online at, at the door, or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

The Grand Finale concert is the climax of a three-day jazz festival and seminar, held Feb. 23 - 25. Events held annually include concerts, workshops and a jazz band competition with awards. Over the years, this festival has grown to include nearly 2,000 musicians from across the Midwest.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley, the Coe College Jazz Ensemble and Sinfonia Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of music, including pieces by Cannonball Adderley, Bill Frisell, Bob Washut and Chris Merz.

Jazz Summit

Held annually the last weekend in February, the Jazz Summit features appearances by leading jazz musicians. The Jazz Summit was founded in 1992 and continues a tradition of jazz festivals at Coe College that stretches back to the 1970s. The festival has grown from an afternoon event with an evening concert to a three-day festival encompassing clinics, workshops, a jazz band competition, an awards ceremony, and the Grand Finale concert featuring the jazz ensemble from Coe and performances by the guest artists.

Jazz Summit 2017 is sponsored by the Coe College Music Department, Friends of Music at Coe and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The Jazz Summit administrators are Coe Professor of Music William Carson, Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley and Chelsea Dunn, class of 2010.

For more information, call 319-399-8521.

More about Matt Wilson

Wilson leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. He is an integral part of bands led by Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Bob Stewart, Denny Zeitlin, Ron Miles, Marty Ehrlich, Ted Nash, Jane Ira Bloom and Dena DeRose among others. He has performed with many legends of music including Herbie Hancock, Dewey Redman, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvis Costello, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Marshall Allen, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and Hank Jones. Wilson performed at the White House as part of an all-star jazz group for a State Dinner concert hosted by President Barack Obama.

The drummer has appeared on 250 CDs as a sideman and has released nine as a leader for Palmetto Records as well as co-leading five additional releases. He was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines in November 2009 and for five consecutive years was voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat Critic's Poll. The readers of JazzTimes chose Wilson as one of the top four drummers in the 2010 Readers Poll. In 2003, he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.