Ron Mathewson

Ron Mathewson
Birth name Ron Mathewson
Born (1944-02-19) 19 February 1944
Origin Lerwick, Shetland Isles, Scotland
Genres Jazz
Instruments Double bass
Bass guitar
Associated acts Gordon Beck

Ron Mathewson (born 19 February 1944) is a Scottish jazz double bassist and bass guitarist born in Lerwick, Shetland Isles, Scotland. Mathewson is best known for his years spent working with Ronnie Scott, but has also done recordings with Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Ben Webster, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans.


Mathewson was born into an unusually musical household and at eight years old he was studying classical piano. He continued to study and perform classical piano until he reached sixteen, having started playing bass guitar a year earlier. His talent was noted and encouraged by the Shetland musician, Peerie Willie Johnson.

In 1962, Mathewson was in Germany playing professionally with a Scottish Dixieland band. In London he also performed with various jazz and R&B bands throughout the early 1960s. Around this time he was also a member of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band.

In 1966 Mathewson became a member of the Tubby Hayes band, with which he performed until 1973. From 1975 on in to the 1990s, he was frequently a participant in various Ronnie Scott recordings and concerts.

In 1983, he appeared on his old friend Dick Morrissey's solo album After Dark with Jim Mullen, John Critchinson, Martin Drew and Barry Whitworth.

On 11 February 2007 a benefit concert was held for Mathewson, who was reportedly recovering from two broken hips, a broken wrist and a burst artery.[1]


With Tubby Hayes

With John Taylor

With Gordon Beck

With Ronnie Scott

With Phil Woods and His European Rhythm Machine

With John Stevens

With Terry Smith

With Kenny Clarke

With Kenny Wheeler

With Acoustic Alchemy

With Ian Carr

With the Spontaneous Music Ensemble

With The Chitinous Ensemble

With Stan Sulzmann

With Rollercoaster

With Ray Nance

With Charles Tolliver


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