Born to drum and have fun: Jazz great Matt Wilson brings 'Honey and Salt' to The Myrna Loy

Matt Wilson’s “Honey and Salt” performances have been wowing music critics across the globe, so it’s quite the exceptional treat to have him perform this show at The Myrna Loy 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

The Jazz Journalists Association named Wilson the 2018 Jazz Artist of the Year and his album “Honey and Salt (Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg)” as the 2018 Jazz Album of the Year.

“Honey and Salt” has been named on more than 30 “Best of 2017” jazz lists around the world, including Top Ten in NPR’s Critics Poll.

It’s been described as a “genre-bending outing,” featuring great jazz musicians performing works inspired by 18 of Carl Sandburg’s poems read by guest artists.

It’s no surprise, perhaps, that Wilson came to love Sandburg’s poems.

He grew up in Knoxville, Illinois, right next door to Sandburg’s hometown of Galesburg.

And, it turns out, there’s actually a distant family connection between the two.

But it wasn’t until Wilson moved away to New York, he said in an IR interview last week, that he realized just how much the poetry resonated with

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