Matt Wigler is an award-winning blues and jazz piano player. Blues Source says about Matt, “No matter if it’s jazz, funk or gut bucket ragtime, Wigler has a firm grasp on playing it right.” Matt’s music is a fusion of blues, jazz, funk, and New Orleans styles with blues at the core; “bluesion” as Deanna Bogart describes this type of musical fusion. The Baltimore Sun has also described Matt’s music as “…foot-tapping, head-swinging, blues-jazz fusion music…wait until you hear this musician.” Matt plays with his band and has frequently appeared with Deanna Bogart as well as other local bands in the Baltimore area.
In May of 2006, Matt won Best Soloist in the Music in
the Parks competition at Hershey Park.
His debut CD, Matt Wigler XIII, released in June of 2007, is receiving great reviews. According to Tim Richards at BluesSource.com, “With a pleasant mix of originals and covers, Matt kicks the mule in the tail…”
The CD was produced by blues piano maven Deanna Bogart. She says about Matt: “Whether Matt’s jamming on the Blues Cruise, being invited on stage with great musicians, or at home listening to those who came before, it’s the love and respect for music that truly propels him along.”
Matt has appeared on stage with many musicians including, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tommy Castro, Bobby Rush, Tab Benoit, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials and Sir Mack Rice. Matt has also played at venues including the State Theatre, the 8x10 Club, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, Artscape, and the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.