David K Mathews has been playing professionally since 1975, performing on the piano, electric piano, hammond organ, and synthesizers. At age 23, Dave joined the legendary Funk/Soul group Tower of Power, replacing original organist and legendary Santana keyboardist, Chester Thompson. He toured with the group for 2 years. Since 1990, Dave has been organist/pianist with Grammy Award winning Queen of Rhythm & Blues, Etta James. He has appeared with her at most of the worlds' major jazz and blues festivals.

 

Dave has appeared on 7 of Ettas' recordings, Life, Love and the Blues (Grammy nominee), Heart of a Woman (Grammy nominee), Matriarch of the Blues (Grammy nominee), Burnin' Down the House Live at the House of Blues (Grammy nominee), Let's Roll (2003 Grammy winner), All the way (Grammy nominee), New album (soon to be released).

Dave has performed on U.S television, radio , and video including the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Jay Leno , the David Letterman Show, Austin City Limits, Tavis Smiley, Regis and Kelly etc.


Known in the S.F bay area as an eclectic musician with the ability to play many musical styles in an idiomatically correct fashion, Dave has worked and/or recorded with such diverse artists as:


Sheila E, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Ray Obiedo, Taj Mahal, Charles Brown, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Robert Cray, Robben Ford, Toots Thielmans, Jimmy Witherspoon, Plas Johnson, John Handy, Houston Person, Red Holloway, Bill Watrous, Herb Pomeroy, Bonnie Raitt, Peabo Bryson, Cold Blood, David Grisman, Otis Clay, Albert Collins, The Memphis Horns, Vassar Clements, Gatemouth Brown, Huey Lewis…


Further credits include performances with Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Dr John, Tito Puente, Armando Peraza, George Benson, The Marsalis Brothers, Bobby McFerrin, Jaco Pastorious, Marcus Miller, Delbert McClinton, Chaka Khan, Leroy Vinegar, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Warren Vache, Paquito De Rivera, Harold Land, Roy Hargrove, Kenny G, John Sebastian, Gregg Allman, Phoebe Snow, Bernard Purdie, Paul Butterfield, AL Kooper, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Rufus Thomas, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Mike Clark, Steve Smith, Bernie Worell, Roomful of Blues, Cornell Dupree

and now Santana...