Wilton Knott
Jazz Percussionist

Wilton Knott Wilton Knott
Wilton Knott

(Jackson, MS - 7/13/05) - Wilton Cleavon Knott is a native of Jackson, Ms. He is the son of Thelma Mallard Knott and the late George Brown. He is the proud and blessed husband to Sharon Knott. They have two wonderful daughters, Christina Cleavee and Angel Serenitee Knott.

In 1996, while sitting in bible study Wilton’s Pastor asked if anyone would like to play the conga drums. He thought about it for a minute and said, “I would.” Wilton had no experience with playing instruments. However, the following week he purchased a set of beginners Toca Player conga drums and an instructional video tape by Jerry Steinholtz. He began to learn about different Latin rhythms, hand movements and sounds.

Wilton obtained some help from a church member who had some experience playing congas. He helped Wilton to find myself in the music field. From that point on, Wilton was well on his way from being an amateur to a professional.

To further his excitement of playing, he began to invest more into his discovered talent. He purchased Latin/Jazz music books, Poncho Sanchez and Mongo Santomaria CDs. Wilton begin to imitate they’re rhythm and sound. Wilton took what he had learned and added the Latin rhythm to gospel music with a twist of jazz at his church.

Within that year, more than Wilton recognized and appreciated his talent and believed to be gift. He has since being playing at small functions such as church programs, weddings and restaurants.

In Jackson, Mississippi, there are not many places to play jazz and Wilton felt his chance to learn more about the music was fading. Fate stepped in and allowed Wilton to meet Dr. Ronald Myers. They both shared the love, and excitement for Jazz in a respectful environment.

Dr. Myers brought to the relationship the experience and encouragement that Wilton so longed for to advance to the next level in music. Dr. Myers is a prominent physician and an accolpished jazz musician. When Wilton first met Dr. Myers, he embraced him with open arms and invited him to play with him at his African-American Heritage Buffalo Fish Festival, in the Mississippi Delta town of Belzoni, Mississippi.

Wilton didn’t know what to expect. He figured if it was going to be anything like the music on Dr. Myers’ CD, he was ready. Wilton’s desire is to play music and pour out what’s in his heart, soul, and mind onto the skin of his Matador LP’s congas.

Wilton’s prayer is to allow the Lord to use him to touch others through music, and he has.


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