Matthew Whitaker

Jun 5-9

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to reschedule Dr. Lonnie Smith’s performances from October of 2018.  We are excited to announce that this remaining slot on our subscription series will be filled by Matthew Whitaker, an incredibly talented young pianist & organist who is a protégé of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s.  This final subscription series show will be June 5-9, 2019.  Tickets for Dr. Lonnie Smith’s original dates in October are good for the corresponding day & set for Matthew Whitaker.  If you are unable to attend the rescheduled performance, please contact the box office at [email protected] or at 314-571-6000.

Born in 2001, Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music began at age 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.

He’s toured both in the US and abroad, performing on prestigious stages around the country including Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, SF Jazz Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain and Morocco to name a few.

Matthew’s television appearances include FOX TV’s Showtime at the Apollo, the Today Show documentary series “Boys Changing the World,” the Harry Connick Jr Show and on the nationally syndicated show Ellen!

In 2017, he was named 1 of the 17 people to watch in New Jersey by The Record, one of New Jersey’s largest newspapers and add to Crain’s Business New York breakout list of 20 under 20 as a performing artist.

In 2018, The Root added Matthew to its list of 1 of 25 Young Futurist Leaders and was named as 1 of 7 rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network’s 201 Magazine.


"As composer, arranger and musician, Matthew Whitaker is beyond his years and focused on sharing his gifts and joy with the world. Enjoy, with the knowledge that there is more to come."

"Matthew Whitaker is music. To see and hear him play is to know that divine talent exists. Beyond his innate musical abilities is a sheer joy and passion to create music."

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