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Caroga Arts Gala with Matthew Whitaker Quartet
Music & Merriment in Caroga!
4th Annual Caroga Arts Collective Gala
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 5:30pm
Sherman’s Amusement Park
Caroga Lake, NY
Kindly RSVP by July 15, 2019
Born in 2001, Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music first began at the young age of three, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At age nine, 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 age fifteen, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.
Now 17 years old, Matthew has already extensively toured the U.S. and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations and on other world renowned stages including Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain and Morocco.
Matthew was the 1st place winner at Showtime at the Apollo with Steve Harvey on FOX TV in 2016. He has been featured on national and international radio and television, including the TODAY Show, Harry Connick Jr Talk Show and The Ellen Show!