Ron Mathewson

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Ron Mathewson
Born(1944-02-19)19 February 1944
Origin Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland
Died3 December 2020(2020-12-03) (aged 76)
Genres Jazz
Instruments Double bass
Bass guitar
Associated acts Gordon Beck

Rognvald Andrew Mathewson [1] (19 February 1944 – 3 December 2020) was a British jazz double bassist and bass guitarist . During his career, Mathewson performed with Ronnie Scott, but also recorded with Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Joan Armatrading, Ben Webster, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans.



Mathewson was born in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, into an unusually musical household. 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 band that played Dixieland music. 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 Ronnie Scott's 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.

The newsletter of the Vortex Jazz club reported on 4 December 2020 that Mathewson died on 3 December 2020 after suffering from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in England. [2]


With Tubby Hayes

With Philly Joe Jones

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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  1. "Ron Mathewson". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  2. "RIP Ron Mathewson (1944–2020)". London Jazz News. 4 December 2020.