Matthew Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker, a young black man wearing sunglasses and a gray sweater. His crossed arms are resting on a piano keyboard.

Matthew Whitaker taught himself to play piano at age 3, the Hammond B3 organ at age 9, and four years later he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its more than 80-year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. Just shy of 20 years old, this multi-instrumentalist is currently enrolled in the jazz studies program at Juilliard in New York City, the first person who is blind to be accepted in the program.

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