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Ronnie Mathews (December 2, 1935 - June 28, 2008) was a high-quality modern mainstream pianist who was an asset to a countless number of sessions. Mathews played with Kenny Dorham, Roy Haynes, and, more importantly, Max Roach (1963-1968), Freddie Hubbard, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1968-1969 and for a period in 1975). Among his many other musical associations were the groups of Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Dexter Gordon (1976), and Johnny Griffin. Ronnie Mathews led recording sessions for Prestige (1963), East Wind, Bee Hive (1978-1979), Red, DIW, and Sackville.

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