From Galesburg.com Blogs:
Is there any better source for gossip and information than the barbershop or hair salon? My stylist Daniel Leahy at Strategic Hair Command tipped me off last night that Knoxville native and renowned jazz drummer Matt Wilson (pictured left) was performing Wednesday at the China State Dinner hosted by President Obama in the White House.
Sure enough, I got home and checked out the White House website to see Wilson was listed under the entertainment section on the official invitation for last night’s dinner. “An Evening of Jazz” concluded the state dinner and included performances by Chris Botti, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang, and Dianne Reeves. Wilson was performing with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization established in memory of Thelonious Monk, the legendary jazz pianist and composer.
Here’s what Daniel, himself a well-known jazz musician, had to say about Matt Wilson:
Matt’s bio on his website said: “I was born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois September 27th 1964. I was lucky to have cool parents who encouraged me in my creative pursuits where it was music, theater, writing or weird art. I became interested in playing the drums in the third grade after seeing Buddy Rich on the Lucy Show.”