Mat Mathews

Mat Mathews
Birth name Mathieu Hubert Wijnandts Schwarts
Born (1924-06-18)June 18, 1924
The Hague, Netherlands
Died February 12, 2009(2009-02-12) (aged 84)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, arranger, record producer
Instruments Accordion
Years active 1947 – 1993
Labels Brunswick, Dawn

Mat Mathews, born Mathieu Hubert Wijnandts Schwarts (June 18, 1924 – February 12, 2009),[1] was a Dutch jazz accordionist.

Early life

Mathews was born in The Hague and learned to play accordion while the Netherlands was still under the Nazi rule during World War II. After hearing Joe Mooney on a radio broadcast after the war, he decided to play jazz.[2]

Later life and career

Mathews moved to New York in 1952 and formed a quartet which included Herbie Mann.[2] He also worked with Kenny Clarke, Art Farmer, Percy Heath, Carmen McRae, Oscar Pettiford, Joe Puma, and Julius Watkins.[2] He worked mainly as a session musician in the late 1950s, and returned to the Netherlands in 1964, where he worked as an arranger, session musician, and record producer.[2] In the 1970s, he worked in the US with Charlie Byrd, Doug Duke, Marian McPartland, and Clark Terry.[3]


As sideman

With Carmen McRae


  1. ^ nrc
  2. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott. "Mat Mathews". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Doug Duke". Retrieved 2017-04-17.

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