Matthew began playing guitar at the age of 12 and was soon performing with small groups. He began formal study in 1973 at Daytona State College and began playing professionally at the age of 17. In 1976 Matthew attended the University of Miami as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Matthew came to Augusta in 1981 and played with many of the area’s finest jazz musicians at local venues, as well as other jazz venues throughout the Southeast.
In 1986 Matthew moved to New York City, where he performed with fellow musicians and friends, the currently famous Ed Fuqua and Randy Johnston.
Matthew’s influences include the great saxophonist Charlie Parker and guitarists Charlie Christian and Jimmy Raney.
Since returning to Augusta in 2007, Matthew has been featured at the Cullum Series at Georgia Regents University, the Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and Augusta’s Candlelight Jazz Series. He has also performed at various clubs and concerts in Augusta, Atlanta, and Columbia, South Carolina. Matthew was also a featured artist in the Augusta Chronicle’s “Sonic Spotlight” series.
Matthew currently teaches guitar at the Georgia Regents University Music Conservatory and at Portman’s Music Academy.