- Category : 1930-births
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (48)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Obscuration 2
American jazz pianist, singer, arranger and composer as well as a television and movie actor.
He is best known for the big band arrangements done for the Lou Rawls albums Black and Blue and Tobacco Road, as well as arrangements for several of Ray Charles' 1960s releases. He had his own big band for many years and recorded numerous tracks for Capitol Records, including two albums released under his own name. He later had a close relationship with the Duke Ellington orchestra, working as a pianist, arranger and conductor through the late 1960s and 1970s.
Matthews died at the age of 67 on 13 November 1997 in his Dallas apartment, of heart failure brought on by arteriosclerosis.