Matthew Whitaker Quintet

Artists For Humanity EpiCenter

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Piano and organ phenomenon Matthew Whitaker is one of the most exciting rising talents to emerge in years. Recognized as a prodigy since he was a child, Whitaker won the prestigious Amateur Night at the Apollo at age nine, and by 15 he was the youngest artist ever endorsed by either Yamaha or Hammond, both of which still include him among their ranks. Whitaker isn’t just good for his age, however; just two years ago, at age 18, his astonishing gifts led a neuroscientist to personally study his brain (as seen on 60 Minutes).

On top of being an unbelievable instrumentalist, Whitaker also happens to be an award-winning composer and an acclaimed bandleader whose unrelenting energy uplifts his bands and audiences alike. Whitaker now performs on many of the world’s most renowned stages, and Celebrity Series is proud to present his first-ever appearance in Boston!

His Quintet will also include Marcos Robinson, guitar; Karim Hutton, electric bass; Ivan Llanes, percussion; and Isaiah Johnson, drums.

Seating for this performance is limited. This performance is not eligible for group discounts.

“Matthew Whitaker is only 18, and he’s also blind, but the musicianship, arrangements, and band leading skills displayed here would be equally impressive were this album made by someone with five times the experience.”


“The Ronnie Scott's debut of Matthew Whitaker was an absolute beauty. What a fantastic talent and a great musician he is at such a young age. The kid turned the place up side down!””


Artists For Humanity EpiCenter Information

The 2021/22 Jazz Festival is generously sponsored by
Leslie & Howard Appleby and Jill & David Altshuler.

Support provided by the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative.

This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.

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