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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 toured both here in the US and abroad, performing on world-renowned stages, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain, Morocco, and South Korea.​


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Albert Tootie Heath, Nick Finzer, Noah Haidu & Matthew Whitaker

Read "Albert Tootie Heath, Nick Finzer, Noah Haidu & Matthew Whitaker" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off the 851st Episode of Neon Jazz with the brilliance and prowess of pianist Matthew Whitaker and music from his forthcoming album. From there, we get into a host of tunes from the Kandace Springs, Rachel Z, Dave Bass, Queen Esther, Leigh Pilzer and Noah Haidu. Talented singer Hyeonseon Baek makes his debut on ...


Article: Live Review

Bob Weir and Others at the Jazz Foundation of America Gala Concert at the Apollo Theater

Read "Bob Weir and Others at the Jazz Foundation of America Gala Concert at the Apollo Theater" reviewed by Paul Reynolds

Bob Weir, Marshall Allen, Jazzmeia Horn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, et al.The Apollo Theater Jazz Federation of America Gala New York, NY March 28, 2024 At gala concerts for worthy groups, it's understandably easy for the music to play second fiddle to the organization itself--and the desire to support it. ...


Just Groovin'

Label: Phaze II Publishing
Released: 2023
Track listing: It's Time For Love, If You Were Here Tonight, Make Me Want To Love You, Because, Shero, Walk Around Heaven, Groovin', The Star Of The Story, Got In My Feelings, Strollin' & Rollin', Keep Rising',When I Get Ya, Inner City Blues (live)


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tubist Jim Shearer

Read "Take Five with Tubist Jim Shearer" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jim Shearer Jim Shearer was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, in 1964. His family owned the local newspaper, The North Mississippi Herald, from 1943-2004, and his father was an active musician on the side, playing jazz saxophone and serving as Minister of Music at the family church (but never at the same time!). After spending ...


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Bassist Liany Mateo

Read "Introducing Bassist Liany Mateo" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Liany Mateo started playing the bass when she was 13 years old. “They opened up a performing arts school in Jersey City," she recalled. “At that time, I knew I wanted to play an instrument. I was into '70s punk music, and all of my favorite ...


Fade To Black

Label: Afrasia Productions
Released: 2022
Track listing: Shine A Light, So Amazing, Daughter Of The Universe, Ain't I Human, Lonesome Blue Butterfly, Spell Of Romance, Say Her Name, Transition (To A Promised Land), Privacy, Reverence, Rest In Peace.


Article: Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Albums Of 2022

Read "La-Faithia White's  Best Albums Of 2022" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Year 2022 marked the time where we found ourselves transitioning back into the lives we once lived pre-pandemic. Finding a cure in music has always been a lifesaver. Here are the top ten albums that helped get me through twenty twenty-two. Adam Blackstone Legacy BBE Record Label


Article: Live Review

Monterey Jazz Festival at 65: Let it Happen

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival at 65: Let it Happen" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 23-25, 2022 For the finale of the arena portion of this year's Monterey Jazz Festival programming, Gregory Porter channeled one of the aspects which make him special in the jazz pantheon, as spirit mover with gospel roots, and with show biz instincts ...


Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25 and 26, 2022 From the opening strains of the Dan Wilson Trio's first song, late Saturday morning at Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, there was a vibe set. The music was bliss. Not just because of its quality (though ...


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