NEWS - JEFF MATSON PASSES SUDDENLY
cabaret community suffered another loss on Saturday afternoon, April
2, 2005 when songwriter/writer/director/producer/graphic designer
Jeff Matson passed away suddenly. Jeff was hospitalized on Monday,
March 28th, suffering from a rare blood disorder, possibly a result
of the fact that Jeff was a diabetic. Born on July 26, 1955, Jeffrey
Matson is survived by his parents, Edith and Louis Matson of Venice,
FL., brother Bruce H. Matson of Richmond, VA., sisters Sara M. Bimonte
(Purskey) of Branford and Jennifer M. Halloran of Monroe, and 7
nieces and nephews.
Mr. Matson graduated from the University of CT with a Bachelor’s
degree in Fine Arts. He lived in NY for the past 25 years and worked
as a writer and graphic designer. Mr. Matson wrote for and directed
many entertainers in the Cabaret Community of NYC, produced many
original works, and was a passionate political activist. Along
with his long-time creative writing partner and best friend, Brooks
Cowan, Jeff created special material and cabaret songs used by several
performers, many of which were presented in a revue of their songs
several years ago. Jeff and Brooks were the creative team that wrote
"The Question W Revue," performed in 2004 at THE DUPLEX in an extended
run to high acclaim.
was a writer who helped many performers in developing patter, organizing
and choosing material and songs, and developing a theme for their
shows. He was always on hand to suggest changes, but more importantly,
give confidence-boosting praise and constructive critique. He developed
material and show themes for Quinn Lemley and Richard Skipper, to
name just two. He was also well known for passing along hints to
other performers on ways they could improve their shows.
recollection of Jeff was when he invited me to come hear Quinn Lemley
sing at a long-gone club in the Village on Barrow Street called
RAPPSIDY - owned by Joni Rapp. We often crossed paths at cabaret
shows and at the happy-hour bar at DON'T TELL MAMA, usually when
Jay Rogers was bartender.
I noted that Jeff had decided to leave the corporate world and work
full time in cabaret, providing his writing and songwriting talents,
website and promotion design, direction and advice. With the 15th
Anniversary of CABARET HOTLINE coming in July, 2005, I offered to
help him promote his new venture in return for his help to organize,
create and promote a special cabaret event of celebration. When
I had my accident on the 10th of March, Jeff graciously filled in
as guest reviewer on the opening night of the cabaret room at THE
ENCORE on March 11th, and his outstanding reviews of the shows of
Julie Reyburn and Lumiri Tubo are currently posted on the website.
Jeff usually worked behind the scenes, his talents and skills were
appreciated and enjoyed by performers and audiences alike. He will
be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, and we especially
convey our sympathy and kind thoughts and prayers to his family
and his collaborator, Brooks Cowan.
of the suddenness of his passing, funeral/memorial information is
incomplete at this time.
of flowers, please make donations to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis
Foundation, (NNFF,) 2731 Porter SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49509.
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