Born in Toronto and currently residing in Harlem, Matthew Stevens began studying piano at age seven and switched to the guitar at eleven. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2004, he began contributing to new work by artists including Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Harvey Mason, ERIMAJ, Sean Jones, Walter Smith III, Linda May Han Oh, NEXT Collective, and Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution project. He then played on, composed for, and was an additional producer on Spalding’s innovative project, Exposure.
In 2016, Stevens was included in DownBeat’s “25 For the Future” issue and was in its Annual Critics Poll “Rising Star” category for guitar that year and the following. His performances have been consistently lauded in Billboard, DownBeat, The FADER, The Guardian, Guitar Player, JazzTimes, Mojo, NPR, The New York Times, Pitchfork, PopMatters, Stereogum, Vice’s Noisey, and more.
In 2015, he released his debut album Woodwork as a bandleader, under Whirlwind Recordings/Crystal Math. It received enthusiastic reviews from DownBeat, The Irish Times, JazzTimes, The Kansas City Star, Ottawa Citizen, and more. Stevens released Preverbal in 2017 under Ropeadope/Crystal Math.