David Matthews (keyboardist)

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David Matthews (born March 4, 1942 in Sonora, Kentucky, United States), is a keyboardist, pianist, and arranger.[1]

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in composition,[1] Matthews has composed television soundtracks as well as albums with the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra. He is the leader of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet. Matthews was also the leader of the musical group The Grodeck Whipperjenny.

In 1970, he began working as both an arranger and bandleader for James Brown. Matthews has worked with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Rich, Idris Muhammad and the Starland Vocal Band. He was staff arranger for Creed Taylor's CTI Records label in the mid-1970s, working on albums for artists such as George Benson, Esther Phillips, Grover Washington Jr., Hank Crawford and Idris Muhammad. In 1978, Matthews arranged strings and orchestra, and played piano, on Nina Simone's landmark CTI Records album Baltimore.


As leader[edit]

  • The Grodeck Whipperjenny, People Records (recorded 1970)
  • Big Band Recorded at the Five Spot (1975)
  • Shoogie Wanna Boogie, Kudu Records (1976)(with Whirlwind)
  • Dune, CTI Records (1977)
  • Digital Love (1979)
  • Grand Cross, Bellaphon Germany (1983)
  • Delta Lady (1983)
  • Super Funky Sax (1984)
  • Billy Boy, King/Paddle Wheel(1986)
  • Waltz for Debby (1987)
  • Speed Demon, (1989)(with The First Calls)
  • Jazz Ballads with Strings (1991)
  • Super Trombone (2003)
  • Girl from Ipanema (2005)(with N.Y. Friends)
  • Impressions (2005)(with N.Y. Friends)
  • Hey Duke! (2005)(with The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra)
  • Cosmic City (2006)(with the Electric Birds)
  • Digital Love (2006)(with the Electric Birds)

Appears on[edit]


With Patti Austin

With George Benson

With Ron Carter

With Hank Crawford

With Art Farmer

With Grant Green

With Urbie Green

With Yusef Lateef

With Blue Mitchell

With Idris Muhammad

With Nina Simone

With Jeremy Steig

  • Firefly (CTI, 1977) - Arranger & Piano


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