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Matthew Whitaker

Rank #107 US Hackensack, NJ Jazz / R&B / Blues


Label: Unsigned, Vision Ventures

Manager: Marion Caffey

Bio: Matthew Whitaker, a resident of Hackensack NJ, is truly a gifted musician. His desire to play music began at 3 years old when his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9 years old Matthew began to teach himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ and at age 13 he became the youngest ar... See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: Cameleon can't wait to play this tomorrow. @apollotheater Holiday Day Concert http://t.co/aV8ofpRbvv


““To warm up the crowd for the main event, 13-year old Apollo organ player veteran Matthew Whitaker started off with Michael Jackson’s “Baby Be Mine” on the keyboard. This boy may be young, but his skill exceeds many older musicians. His sense of rhythm and his style of performance made the audience fall in love with him right out of the gate. He then played “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross and was just as amazing. Afterwards he performed Sergio Mendez’s “Mas Que Nada” which got the crowd all jazzed up....... and then finished his performance with his own piece entitled “Matt’s Blues.” The amazing thing about this young and talented musician is that he is also blind, but that didn’t stop him from giving the performance of his life during this pre-show opening.””
— Vinesh Vora, Source Magazine
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    Dec 20

    New York, NY, US | 7:30pm

    New York, NY, US
    Sat Dec 20 7:30pm


    Amateur Night Holiday Special - A heart-warming showcase of Apollo Amateur Night Stars of Tomorrow winners, an incredibly talented array of 5-18 year-old winning performers.

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  • magicsong (Artist) magicsong
    I'm listening now to 'Novelette' I found the opening especially Monk-ish and intriguing! Ah it gets Monkish again! This is thrilling piano!
  • magicsong (Artist) magicsong
    'Song for Allie' is simply incredible! I've tweeted it and FB'd it! You are great!
  • Sick Bird (Artist) Sick Bird
    Great music u have here!! Check me out when u have time: http://sickbirdmusic.com
  • Russel P. Brown (Artist) Russel P. Brown
    I like your Keyboard work, you a great touch. Russ
  • Otto Zone (Artist) Otto Zone
    Passing through showing some love & checking out your work....very cool stuff !!! Best wishes for an awesome music year!!! ........................................oz
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Q: Matthew, are you related to the extraordinary jazz and R&B pianist Harry Whitaker. He was a fixture on Houston St. for many years, generously having singers sit in with him, and playing exquiisitely.
A: I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you. I will check from now on to see if I have questions I should be answering. But to answer your question, I am not related to Harry Whitaker. At least not that I know of. :-)

Asked by magicsong. Answered on Tue Sep 02 2014


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