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.