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TONIGHT at Jazz Standard: Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O with special guest Bill Frisell

December 19, 2012

albumMatt Wilson is not only an extraordinary drummer, but also a versatile and witty entertainer. Thus, few jazz players are better equipped to bring out both the campy spirit and the musical possibilities of tradi­tional Christmas songs – and that’s exactly what Matt did with his 2010 CD Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O. That album and a subsequent NPR “Tiny Desk Concert” were recorded with bassist Paul Sikivie and versatile reedman Jeff Lederer – but for this much–anticipated Jazz Standard run, Matt, Jeff and Paul will join forces with the great guitarist Bill Frisell. “The band’s artifice may be a bit hokey, but its musician­ship isn’t…There’s a deep grounding in jazz for this — for taking threadbare or overplayed melodies and transforming them into creative art of the highest order — as well as long-standing precedents of out­going, personable showmen.” (Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR.org)
Here’s the line-up;

Jeff Lederer – saxophone

Bill Frisell – guitar

Paul Sikivie – bass

Matt Wilson – drums

See you at the Standard!

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