Drummer Matt Wilson returns for Rootabaga

From the Register-Mail:

The Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with performances by the Matt Wilson Quartet, Orquesta Alto Maiz, the Knox College Jazz Ensemble, Knox Alumni Big Band and the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo on April 8, 9 and 10.

Tickets for each event are available at the door. Individual event tickets or a $25 festival pass can be purchased in advance by e-mailing rootabaga@knox.edu.

Wilson, a Knoxville native and award-winning drummer, will perform with his quartet at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St. Wilson was recently featured in a cover story by Downbeat magazine, which also has selected him as a “rising star drummer.” Wilson finished at the top of the 2004 readers’ poll in Modern Drummer magazine, and he was nominated Jazz Drummer of the Year in 2004 and again in 2006 by the Jazz Journalists Association.

The Knox College Jazz Ensemble will open the Saturday night concert with the Matt Wilson Quartet. Directed by Nicole Whittaker Malley, instructor in music and director of the jazz program, the Knox College Jazz Ensemble won one of two Overall Outstanding awards in the Jazz Ensemble category at the 2010 Elmhurst Jazz Festival.