David Matthews (keyboardist)

David Matthews (born March 4, 1942), is an American keyboardist, pianist, and arranger.[2]

David Matthews
Birth nameDavid Richard Matthews
Born (1942-03-04) March 4, 1942 (age 80)
Sonora, Kentucky, United States
GenresJazz, Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, arranger
Years active1966–present[1]
LabelsCTI, Electric Bird
Alma materUniversity of Cincinnati


Matthews was born David Richard Matthews in Sonora, Kentucky, United States. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in composition,[2] he 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.

Matthews has been sampled by many hip-hop musicians such as The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Method Man, Redman and Large Professor and others.[3][4]


As leaderEdit

  • The Grodeck Whipperjenny, People (recorded 1970)
  • Big Band Recorded at the Five Spot (Muse Records, 1975)
  • Shoogie Wanna Boogie, (Kudu, 1976) (with Whirlwind)
  • Dune (CTI, 1977)
  • Digital Love (Electric Bird, 1979)
  • Grand Cross, (Bellaphon, 1983)
  • Delta Lady (Electric Bird, 1983)
  • Super Funky Sax (Electric Bird, 1984)
  • Billy Boy, (King/Paddle Wheel, 1986)
  • Waltz for Debby (Paddle Wheel, 1987)
  • Speed Demon (Electric Bird, 1989) (with the First Calls)
  • Jazz Ballads with Strings (Sweet Basil, 1991)
  • Super Trombone (Sweet Basil, 1995)
  • Girl from Ipanema (Videoarts Music, 2002) (with N.Y. Friends)
  • Impressions (Videoarts Music, 2002) (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 onEdit


With Patti Austin
With George Benson
With Jim Hall
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


  1. ^ "DavidMatthewsJazz.com Biography". davidmatthewsjazz.com. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  2. ^ a b Allmusic
  3. ^ "DavidMatthewsJazz.com". davidmatthewsjazz.com. Retrieved 2022-05-11.
  4. ^ "David Matthews - Samples, Covers and Remixes". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2022-05-11.

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