Born in Toronto in 1982, Matthew Stevens began studying piano at age seven and switched to the guitar at eleven. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2004, Stevens 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, notably, 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 has been in their Annual Critics Poll “Rising Star” category for guitar for the past two years. His performances have been consistently lauded in Billboard, DownBeat, The Fader, The Guardian, Guitar Player Magazine, Jazz Times, Mojo, NPR, The New York Times, Pitchfork, PopMatters, Stereogum, Vice 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, Jay Z’s Life and Times, Jazz Times, Jazz Wise, The Kansas City Star, The Ottawa Citizen, and more. Stevens released Preverbal in 2017 under Ropeadope/Crystal Math.
Stevens currently resides in Harlem, New York City.