Blind since infancy, Matthew Whitaker holds court on piano and Hammond B3 organ, with a wide-ranging palette that spans straight-ahead jazz and hard bop, R&B, and Latin influences. He has been performing across the globe since age 11—opening for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo Theater—and at 13 became the youngest musician to be endorsed by Hammond in the company’s history. Now 18, he comes to Cal Performances with the release of his first recording.

This performance is part of Cal Performances’ 202021 Illuminations: Music and the Mind series.

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Matthew Whitaker
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Pictured: Matthew Whitaker Quartet performs Sunday, December 19, 2020 in Zellerback Playhouse. Pictured: Matthew Whitaker
(credit: Jacob Blickenstaff)
Matthew Whitaker
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Pictured: Matthew Whitaker Quartet performs Sunday, December 19, 2020 in Zellerback Playhouse. Pictured: Matthew Whitaker
(credit: Jacob Blickenstaff)