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Matthew Whitaker

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Advance sales through Washington Performing Arts are now closed for this performance. Remaining tickets are available through Sixth & I or at the door.

“This young man is a genius! I love the way he's mastering those keys…. He will go far…. Watch out!” – Jon Batiste, pianist and music director, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

A piano and Hammond B-3 organ wunderkind currently taking the jazz world by storm, 18-year-old Matthew Whitaker became, at age 13, the youngest musician to be endorsed by Hammond in the company’s history. Steeped in tradition yet pushing forward into a groove-infused space of his own, he has logged a series of A-list gigs as a leader, including the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters induction ceremony for B-3 godfather Dr. Lonnie Smith at Kennedy Center. As the L.A. Times wrote of the Whitaker concert experience: “He sat center stage between two very large pieces of furniture: a Hammond B3 and a grand piano, [and] summoned the ghosts of Larry Young and Oscar Peterson…. [His] instrumental trio inspired spontaneous dancing and a standing ovation.” Adding even more youthful brilliance to the evening, our very own Children of the Gospel Choir join Whitaker in a special appearance!


This performance is made possible through the generous support of Lydia Micheaux Marshall. Performances by the Children of the Gospel Choir are made possible in part through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated. Performances at Sixth & I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.