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Matthew Whitaker

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M

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Matthew Whitaker: A New Voice On Jazz Piano

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Matthew Whitaker is an American jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and The Apollo Theatre, where aged ten, he opened for Stevie Wonder.

Though he is only eighteen years old, multi instrumentalist Whitaker has come a long way to get where he ...

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18th Edition Of The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 21!

18th Edition Of The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 21!

Jazz in June officially starts this Friday June 21 with the opening of the 18th Edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. The nine- day Festival runs through June 29 and will present more than 320 shows including a record 102 free shows and events and 220 shows in the Club Pass Series. It all ...

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Lineup Announced For 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 18th Edition

Lineup Announced For 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 18th Edition

Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the full lineup for the 2019 nine-day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival will be held June 21 to 29 and present more than 320+ shows including a record 100+ free shows and 1500+ artists from around the world performing in 20 ...

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Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Charlie Parker Festival 2018

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The City Parks Foundation kicked off its 26th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival honoring the legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker. Festival highlights included Charles Tolliver's 50th anniversary of ”Paper Man" on Friday August 24th at Marcus Garvey Park. This event honored jazz trumpeter Charles Tolliver's 1968 album, which was hailed for it's cutting edge avant -garde approach. ...

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Jazz House Kids: The House that Jazz Built

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When we think of jazz education, we might first think about what's developed at the college level and at music conservatories over the last fifty years or so, and then maybe consider how jazz instruction and jazz bands have flourished at the high school and middle school levels a little more recently. But beyond these settings, ...

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Piano Phenomenon Matthew Whitaker To Play Intimate UK Dates

Piano Phenomenon Matthew Whitaker To Play Intimate UK Dates

Young American Piano Phenomenon Plays Exclusive UK Live Shows Sixteen year old US pianist and musical prodigy Matthew Whitaker will visit the UK in April 2018 to play two intimate and exclusive live shows in Milton Keynes and London. First discovering a keyboard at three years old and self-teaching himself the Hammond organ from the age of nine, ...