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Matty Matlock

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Matty Matlock
Ray Bauduc, Herschel Evans, Bob Haggard, Eddie Miller, Lester Young, Matty Matlock, Howard Theatre, Washington D.C., ca. 1941.
Ray Bauduc, Herschel Evans, Bob Haggard, Eddie Miller, Lester Young, Matty Matlock, Howard Theatre, Washington D.C., ca. 1941.
Background information
Birth nameJulian Clifton Matlock
Born(1907-04-27)April 27, 1907
OriginUnited States Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedJune 14, 1978(1978-06-14) (aged 71)
Years active1950s – 1970s

Julian Clifton "Matty" Matlock (April 27, 1907 – June 14, 1978) was an American Dixieland jazz clarinettist, saxophonist and arranger.

Early years


Matlock was born in Paducah, Kentucky, April 27, 1907, and raised in Nashville beginning in 1917. He began playing clarinet when he was 12.[1]



From 1929 to 1934, Matlock replaced Benny Goodman in the Ben Pollack band doing arrangements and performing on clarinet.[2]

Matlock was one of the main arrangers for Bob Crosby's band.[3] He had joined Crosby's group in 1935 as clarinettist, playing with both the main Crosby band and the smaller Bobcats group,[4] but "he was often seconded to write full-time for the orchestra and the Bobcats."[2] He stayed with Crosby until the band broke up in 1942.[2] Matlock's entry in The Rough Guide to Jazz says of him (in part): "Matty Matlock was, with Irving Fazola, the most inspired and spontaneous clarinettist in the Dixieland style, and as a truly original arranger he perfected the sound of 'arranged white Dixieland' as we know it today."[2]

After the dissolution of Crosby's group, Matlock worked in Los Angeles, playing for recordings made by a variety of Dixieland groups.[1] In 1955, he appeared in the film Pete Kelly's Blues, playing clarinet for a band that is seen in a scene in a Kansas City speakeasy in 1927.[5]



Matlock died June 14, 1978, in Los Angeles, California.[6]

Select discography

As bandleader
  • Dixieland (Douglass Phonodisc)
  • Four-Button Dixie (Douglass Phonodisc, 1959) [credited as Matty Matlock and the Paducah Patrol]
  • They Made It Twice As Nice As Paradise And They Called It Dixieland (Douglass Phonodisc)
With Bing Crosby
With Ella Fitzgerald
With Ray Heindorf
With Ben Pollack
With Beverly Jenkins


  1. ^ a b Feather, Leonard (1960). The Encyclopedia of Jazz (New ed.). New York: Bonanza Books. p. 525.
  2. ^ a b c d Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Rough Guides. p. 516. ISBN 9781843532569. Retrieved 22 July 2016. Matty Matlock.
  3. ^ Simon, George T. (1981). The Big Bands (4th ed.). New York, New York: Schirmer Books. p. 42. ISBN 0-02-872430-5.
  4. ^ Kappelle, Robert P. Vande (2011). Blue Notes: Profiles of Jazz Personalities. Wipf and Stock Publishers. ISBN 9781498271240. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ Holbrook, Morris (2012). Music, Movies, Meanings, and Markets: Cinemajazzamatazz. Routledge. ISBN 9781136715754. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. ^ Castronova, Frank V., ed. (1998). Almanac of Famous People. Detroit: Gale. p. 1132. ISBN 0-7876-0045-8.