David Matthews

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born on 4/3/1942 in Sonora, KY, United States

David Matthews (keyboardist)

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

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's degree in composition, 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-70s, 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.

He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Mattie Smith Matthews.


As leader

  • 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)
  • Waltz for Debby (1987)
  • Speed Demon , (1989)(with The First Calls)
  • Super Funky Sax (1989)
  • Jazz Ballads with Strings (2003)
  • 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

  • James Brown, "I Cried/World Pt. 2", Starday King 7" (1971)
  • Vicki Anderson, "I'll Work It Out/In The Land Of Milk And Honey", Brownstone Records 7" (1971)
  • James Brown, "I Got A Bag Of My Own", Polydor 7" (1972)
  • Lyn Collins, Think (About It), People Records (1972)
  • James Brown, "Sexy, Sexy, Sexy", Polydor 7" (1973)


  • Idris Muhammad, House Of The Rising Sun, Kudu (1975)
  • Idris Muhammad, Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (12"), Kudu (1977)
  • Idris Muhammad, Turn This Mutha Out (12"), Kudu (1977)
  • Idris Muhammad, Turn This Mutha Out, Kudu (1977)
  • Idris Muhammad, Turn This Mutha Out (7"), Kudu (1977)
  • Idris Muhammad, Boogie To The Top , Kudu (1978)
  • Idris Muhammad, Boogie To The Top, Metronome Musik GmbH (1978)
  • Idris Muhammad, Boogie Boots / Foxhuntin' (12"), Fantasy (1979)
  • Grant Green, The Main Attraction Arranger Kudu (1976)
  • Nina Simone Baltimore Arranger & Piano (12" LP) CTI 1978


  1. [David Matthews (keyboardist) at All Music Guide Allmusic]

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