New York-based drummer Matt Wilson is an in-demand performer, composer, and bandleader known for his adventurous and wry post-bop jazz. Born in Knoxville, Illinois in 1964, Wilson started playing drums in grade school. After high school, he studied at Wichita State University and spent time in the Midwest, both as a freelancer and as a teacher. In 1987 he moved to Boston, where he was soon playing with the Either/Orchestra and the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet. In 1992 Wilson relocated to New York, where he played with Redman, Cecil McBee, Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, Tim Hagans, Ingrid Jensen, and others, appearing on a couple dozen records as a sideman. Headlining dates during the '90s include 1998's Going Once, Going Twice and 1999's Smile.