Matt Wilson has fun with jazz (via Roanoke Times)

Statistics show that 2014 was a down year for jazz music consumption. According to music data provider Nielsen, jazz and classical music were at the bottom of the list of major music genres.

Drummer Matt Wilson was interested in the conversation that news sparked.

“[Bassist] Christian McBride posted something we’ve been going back and forth about on Twitter — maybe if the solos weren’t so long, maybe people would like jazz,” Wilson said in a Tuesday morning phone call.

Wilson had his own ideas: “Why don’t we play shorter songs? We can surprise people in a lot of different ways.”

Still, the drummer is not letting the issue worry him. He is having too much fun playing with his band, the Matt Wilson Quartet. On Saturday, the act hits Jefferson Center for a Jazz Club show. Along for the gig is renowned keyboardist John Medeski, of Medeski Martin & Wood. A small number of tickets remain for both sets.

“You can’t put a blanket on the whole genre,” Wilson said. Band mates Jeff Lederer (reeds), Kirk Knuffke (cornet) and Chris Lightcap (bass) “all really are giving, and offer and receive in great ways, so they’re really great performers, not afraid to entertain.

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