Faena Theater welcomes back Matthew Whitaker, a prodigious jazz pianist and organist, for another incredible performance as part of its third annual Summer Jazz Series presented by American Airlines.
CBS producers say he plays like the second coming of Ray Charles. Music critics have already drawn comparisons to Stevie Wonder. But the remarkable talents of musician Matthew Whitaker are singularly unique and entirely his own. Blind since birth, the ambitious artist became the youngest Hammond-endorsed musician at age 13 before being named a Yamaha Artist at just 15 years old, the youngest musician to join Yamaha’s stellar group of jazz pianists.
You may recognize Whitaker from his televised performances on programs such as “Ellen”, “Today Show”, and “The Harry Connick Jr. Show”. At the age of 10, Whitaker also opened for Stevie Wonder’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater after winning the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition. Using his perfect pitch and dedication to craft, Whitaker has developed a mastery and magnetism that’s drawn crowds to impressive venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New
York and venues across Europe, Asia and Africa.
I am a musician, who happens to be blind, I have been blessed with a God-given gift. I pray that I can continue to be a blessing and inspiration to others.
— he said.
On August 21, Whitaker’s performance at Faena Theater will highlight music from his sophomore album, “Now Hear This”, a refreshing blend of old and new-school jazz that mixes traditional jazz standards with Whitaker’s own original arrangements.
In-house guests may dial the concierge at 4037 for reservations. For tickets and more information, visit www.faenatheater.com
Matthew Whitacker. August 21st
Series Finale. September 18: Sammy Figueroa and His Latin Jazz Explosion featuring Maria Rivas