|Birth name||Mathieu Hubert Wijnandts Schwarts|
|Born||June 18, 1924|
The Hague, Netherlands
|Died||February 12, 2009 84)(aged|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, arranger, record producer|
|Years active||1947 – 1993|
Mat Mathews, born Mathieu Hubert Wijnandts Schwarts (June 18, 1924 – February 12, 2009), was a Dutch jazz accordionist.
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