In a taping for JT’s Spins & Riffs podcast, drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson, 52, sat down at the New School, in Manhattan, to talk with JT publisher Lee Mergner about his latest album, Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto), featuring Big Happy Family, a collection of artists who’ve played with Wilson over the last 20 years. The album is dedicated to the memory of Wilson’s wife, Felicia, an educator and violinist who died of leukemia in 2014. Here are highlights from the conversation, edited for space and clarity.
It wasn’t just Felicia’s death that you lived through. Your family also lived with her illness for a long time.