Musical prodigy Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. At age 9, he began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3, and four years later became the youngest artist to ever be endorsed by Hammond. His always joyful performances, which span jazz, R&B and soul, display an innate mastery of the keyboard. Now three years into a Jazz Studies degree at The Juilliard School, the blind 22-year old pianist has already toured the world over as a solo artist, performed with the likes of Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Regina Carter and Jon Batiste, composed acclaimed music for film and television, and been featured on Showtime at the Apollo and 60 Minutes, among others. Don’t miss this Savannah Music Festival debut!
“Matthew Whitaker is music. To see and hear him play is to know that divine talent exists. Beyond his innate musical abilities is a sheer joy and passion to create music.” WBGO