The New Jersey-born pianist, percussionist and composer Matthew Whitaker is one of America's fastest-rising and best-known young jazz musicians. Blind from birth, Whitaker's prodigious talent on the keys won him endorsements from both Yamaha and Hammond by the age of fifteen. Following training at both Juilliard and The Harlem School of Arts, Whitaker has made musical appearances on Ellen, The Today Show and Showtime at the Apollo and was the subject of his own 60 Minutes segment. Whitaker has been a feature performer at Jazz at Lincoln Center, SF Jazz, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Monterey and Newport Jazz Festivals. Whitaker's latest album, 2019's Now Hear This, features his Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award-winning tracks "Emotions" and "Underground".
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