Mat Mathews

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Mat Mathews
Birth nameMathieu Hubert Wijnandts Schwarts
Born(1924-06-18)June 18, 1924
The Hague, Netherlands
DiedFebruary 12, 2009(2009-02-12) (aged 84)
Occupation(s)Musician, arranger, record producer
Years active1947 – 1993
LabelsBrunswick, Dawn

Mat Mathews, born Mathieu Hubert Wijnandts Schwarts (June 18, 1924 – February 12, 2009),[1] was a Dutch jazz accordionist.

Early life[edit]

Mathews was born in The Hague and learned to play accordion while the Netherlands was still under the Nazi rule during World War II. After hearing Joe Mooney on a radio broadcast after the war, he decided to play jazz.[2]

Later life and career[edit]

Mathews moved to New York in 1952 and formed a quartet which included Herbie Mann.[2] He also worked with Kenny Clarke, Art Farmer, Percy Heath, Carmen McRae, Oscar Pettiford, Joe Puma, and Julius Watkins.[2] He worked mainly as a session musician in the late 1950s, and returned to the Netherlands in 1964, where he worked as an arranger, session musician, and record producer.[2] In the 1970s, he worked in the US with Charlie Byrd, Doug Duke, Marian McPartland, and Clark Terry.[3]


As sideman[edit]

With Carmen McRae


  1. ^ nrc
  2. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott. "Mat Mathews". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Doug Duke". Retrieved 2017-04-17.