At just 20 years old, jazz keyboardist Matthew Whitaker is a once-in-a-generation musical talent. He’s been performing across the globe since age eleven, opening for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo Theater. At a tender 13, Whitaker was the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond organs and was soon named a Yamaha Artist, becoming the youngest musician to join their stellar roster of jazz pianists. Also an acclaimed composer, Whitaker won the ASCAP Foundation’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award in 2019 and 2020, and it’s this depth of talent that draws audiences in when Whitaker and his talented bandmates command the stage.
Whitaker will be joined by guitarist Marcos Robertson, bassist Karim Hutton, and John Steele on drums.
Tickets for the in-person event: $25 public, $20 Middlebury faculty/staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 youth; $5 Middlebury College students. Vaccinations and masks required. Additional health and safety information here. This event will also be live streamed: $15, or $5 for Middlebury College students. Buy tickets online here. Access to the live stream during the concert only, starting November 6 at 7:30 PM. Streaming ticket purchasing is only available until the start of the live performance. About streaming and sound: This fall’s streams are meant to capture the “sound in the room” without post-production sound editing. Bear in mind the sound quality will not compare to a studio recording.
“A blind jazz piano prodigy is taking the world by storm—so much so that scientists are studying his brain to figure out how he’s able to master those talents.” —People
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