Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Matthews is the son of a Methodist minister. He was educated at the University of Cincinnati where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from its' Conservatory of Music. From l966 - 68, Dave led a jazz dance band on tour in Germany and Italy. During the next two years he played in jazz clubs in and around Cincinnati. From l970 to 74 he was the arranger and bandleader for James Brown Productions. In l971, Dave moved to New York where he worked steadily as a free-lance arranger and writer. He worked on albums, singles, radio and TV commercials and film scores. He arranged or composed albums or tracks for Buddy Rich, Mark Murphy, Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Walker, Blue Mitchell, the J.B.'s, Starland Vocal Band, Stephanie Mills, Earl Klugh, Phoebe Snow, Donald Bird, Crystal Gayle, David Sanborn and Paul Simon. From l975 - 78, Dave was the staff arranger for CTI Records writing, arranging and producing records for stars such as Nina Simone, Hank Crawford, Art Farmer, Joe Farrell, Ron Carter, Idris Muhammad, Jim Hall, and George Benson. Dave has arranged and composed radio and TV commercials for Sunoco, Texaco, Magna Vox, Champale, Welches, Mary Quant, Ford, NBC "Proud as a Peacock", "Reach Out" for A T & T, Sheraton, 7UP, Avon, McDonald's, Oldsmobile, Burger King, Nabisco, Clearisil, and Life Savers. His commercial for 3m Tape won a Clio Award in l975. Matthews composed the scores for William Greaves great film "The Fight" featuring Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, "Stony Island" produced and directed by Andrew Davis and "Bedtime Eyes" a Japanese film in which he not only wrote the music, but performed with his group, Manhatten Jazz Quintet. He orchestrated film scores for "Paralax View", "The Stepford Wives", "Night Moves", and "Washington D.C., A City Out of Wilderness". From l979 to 1989 Dave had been an artist, producer and writer for King Record of Japan. He is the leader of what since l984 has been Japan's number one jazz group, "Manhatten Jazz Quintet". In Japan, the group (popularly known as the "new MJQ") has won "Swing Journal"s Golden Hit Award an unheard of 4 times. In February 1990, Dave signed an exclusive for Japan contract as an artist, producer and arranger with Sweet Basil Inc. an independent production company located in Tokyo.
In addition to his work in Japan, producing and writing for both Japanese and American jazz artists and touring yearly with MJQ, Dave has found time to arrange the Simon and Garfunkel Reunion Concert in Central Park, the Radio City Memorial Concert for John Lennon by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Julian Lennon's debut Album "Valotte", Robert Plant's "The Honeydrippers, Volume I", Paul McCartny's "Angry", Frank Sinatra, "L.A. is my Lady" , and Billy Joel's "An Innocent Man" followed by Billy's hit singles "Easy Money" and "Second Wind". He was also happy to arrange "Why Should I Worry" for Walt Disney Studio's animated film "Oliver". In Swing Journal's 1989 Reader's Poll, Dave was voted the #1 Arranger of the Year in Japan. In 1994, David wrote the film score for the" Space Battlecruiser Yamato",a series of 7 animated videos. In 1995, David and his co producer Shigeyuki Kawashima received the Swing Journal Critic's Award for producing the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra CD "Get It On". MJO and MJQ have continued to tour Japan and Asia in fact twice they have performed at events associated with the Olympics. In 1998 and i99 David was featured in a series that was broadcast in Japan on a weekly basis. Those shows have been released in on DVD. In 2001 The Milestone Label part of the Fantasy Group began releasing Manhattan Jazz Orchestra recordings in America to excellent reviews David continues to perform in Japan and produce, arrange and compose a variety of projects.
Dave loves sailing almost as much as he does music. In order to keep mind and soul together he tries to spend at least three months of the year on his 31 ft. sailboat "Setting Sun" with his wife, Mattie.
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