David Matthews (keyboardist)

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David Matthews
Born1942 (age 76–77)
Sonora, Kentucky, United States
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, arranger

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 album Baltimore.


As leader[edit]

  • The Grodeck Whipperjenny, People (recorded 1970)
  • Big Band Recorded at the Five Spot (1975)
  • Shoogie Wanna Boogie, (Kudu, 1976) (with Whirlwind)
  • Dune, (CTI, 1977)
  • Digital Love (1979)
  • Grand Cross, (Bellaphon, 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 O'Donel Levy

With Blue Mitchell
With Idris Muhammad
With Nina Simone
With Jeremy Steig
  • Firefly (CTI, 1977) - Arranger & Piano


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