Jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker will be celebrating the release of his new album, Connection, with a live concert at Harlem Stage on Saturday, September 25th at 7:30pm!
Whitaker’s new album not only communicates his growth as a player, composer, and bandleader but also the importance of community and the connections it fosters. Having been musically trained in Harlem, it’s fitting for Whitaker to debut his new album at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, celebrating his ties to the city that has shaped him as one of the leading artists of his generation.
20-year-old Whitaker has already been hailed as “the greatest” by fellow jazz pianist Jon Batiste and featured CBS “60 Minutes”, remarkable accomplishments for the young musician who was born blind and three months premature, his family was told he would never walk or speak (if he ever survived the 11 surgeries he went through before age 3).
Matthew Whitaker has received numerous music accolades including the 2019 and 2020 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award.
Matthew Whitaker will be joined on stage by Marcos Robinson (guitar), Karim Hutton (bass), and Isaiah Johnson (drums). This is Whitaker’s third album.
Harlem Stage is located at 150 Convent Avenue, NYC. Purchase Tickets Right Here.
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In addition to Matthew Whitaker, Harlem Stage presents four more amazing artists in concert ~ Singer-songwriter Nat Camara, heralded as the “Tina Turner of Guinea” (October 23) ~ Jazz Vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and Grammy Nominated jazz pianist Chris Pattishall (November 20th) ~ and alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin closes out the fall Uptown Nights series. Check out the Fall Season and get Tickets Here.