February 12, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Matt Wilson Quartet and John Medeski will present jazz music on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby at Bucknell University. Matt Wilson will do a pre-performance talk in the Lobby from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. 

Both the talk and the performance are free; tickets are not required. 

The event is sponsored, in part, by iHeartMedia and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its Jazz Touring Network with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Quartet — Chris Lightcap on bass, Jeff Lederer on tenor saxophone/clarinet, Kirk Knuffke on cornet and Matt Wilson on drums — will perform with special guest John Medeski on piano.

New York-based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of today's most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style, as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist.

Wilson, who was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and JazzTimes in 2009, was voted #1 Rising Star Drummer for five consecutive years in the Downbeat Critic's Poll. In addition, the readers of JazzTimes chose him as one of the top four drummers in the 2010 Readers Poll. In 2003, he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

John Medeski (photo by Michael Bloom)Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on the unpredictable, a trait that has kept his work with the trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood fresh and surprising for more than 20 years.

While he's become better known for a more buoyant, organ-centric approach that melds free-wheeling jazz with jam band eclecticism, Medeski says that sitting alone at a piano feels natural, returning him to his earliest experiences at the keyboard.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a tango performance by Unión Tanguera on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Unión Tanguera is a French Argentinean contemporary tango ensemble company based in Lyon, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Utilizing the music and dance of traditional tango as the foundation for their creative process and by incorporating elements of contemporary dance, Union Tanguera creates new frontiers and ways of re-imagining the possibility of tango. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter