Picture of David Matthews in 2023 in his home studio. Still wearing his signature "skipper" hat.

The Other MJQ Conquers Japan: David Matthews

David Matthews, a prolific New York pianist and arranger, found unexpected success with his Manhattan Jazz Quintet in Japan. Originating from a desire to refresh the jazz scene, the band’s traditional jazz approach captivated Japanese audiences, earning several awards despite never performing in the U.S. Matthews continues his multifaceted career.

picture of a young Ronnie Cuber in the recording studio with his baritone Saxaphone.

Farewell Ronnie Cuber

I was sad to learn from Marc Myers Jazzwax on the passing of Ronnie Cuber, especially in the circumstances [1]Ronnie Cuber (1941-2022) – JazzWax. Ronnie died on October 7th following complications from a surgery he never had that was delayed during COVID. Ronnie Cuber played with George Benson early in George’s career 1966-1967, as well as touring, Cuber appeared on […]

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Happy Birthday to Cap’n Matthews

It’s Happy Birthday to David Matthews, although by the time I get this posted, today, Thursday March 4th, Dave’s birthday will have passed where he lives in Japan. If Bob James was my gateway drug to the music of Creed Taylor productions, David Matthews was definitely my drug of choice in the 1970’s. Many will know Dave’s work, certainly from […]

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Happy Birthday – David Matthews

In 1975, Dave was playing Monday nights at the Five Spot cafe in New York, with a 12-piece combo band, when Creed Taylor offered him a position as house arranger for CTI. Dave would work for CTI as Chief arranger through until 1978, and record both modern jazz and some of the CTI jazz funk, disco classics. I’ll spend more […]