"Also performing that night with host Wayne Brady was a 13-year-old blind keyboard phenom named Matthew Whitaker, who played like the second coming of Ray Charles."
Anthony Mason - CBS Sunday Morning
Jazz Foundation of America Loft Party - "The real draw, though, was the music....Despite his young age, Mr. Whitaker was one of the more sought-after guests; older musicians came up to him to praise his performance and to introduce themselves."
Carson Griffith - The Wall Street Journal
"If you could imagine what Ray Charles and Jimmy McGriff looked like at age 13 but played like at age 30, then you will discover Matthew Whitaker." - Wendy Oxenhorn - Executive Director - Jazz Foundation of America
"Matthew Whitaker is music. To see and hear him play is to know that divine talent exists. Beyond his innate musical abilities is a sheer joy and passion to create music. You can expect great things on the horizon from this remarkable and lovable young musician." - Monifa Brown, WBGO-FM
"At the Jazz Foundation of America’s “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit concert at the Apollo last week – a show that played host to stars like Elvis Costello, Macy Gray, Quincy Jones, Morgan Freeman as well as Jazz ringers like Steven Bernstein and Nicolas Payton – 12-year-old Matthew Whitaker stole the show...., Matthew Whitaker is quickly becoming one of the promising young talents in jazz."
Ryan Dembinsky - Contributing Editor for Hidden Track
"This young man is a genius! I love the way he's mastering those keys.....he will go far....watch out!" - Jon Batiste - Musician
"Young Matthew Whitaker, who played the piano and also happened to be blind, stole the show as he jammed and improvised. He garnered probably the loudest ovation of the night after he finished his solo, and conductor Steven Reineke, (NY Pops orchestra), was blown away by how good the 11-year-old was. “I was just told that the young man on the keys is only 11 years old. Are you kidding me? That's ridiculous!”
Ross Bernhardt - Writer for Charged.fm on performance with Ozomatli and NY Pops at SummerStage.
“He hears music and he hears the entire picture right from the start. He innately understands the structures and how the chords are there and has that whole picture in his mind. …he’s so happy when he’s doing music.”
Dalia Sakas – Lighthouse Music Program Coordinator and Classical Music Instructor
"I caught wind of this genius child over the weekend and I am truly astonished at his talent and love of jazz. He has amazed everyone who hears him play. Not only does he burn it up on piano and Hammond, he kills it on the drums too! "
Jazz N Pop
"Maybe he can’t see, but he was given another gift,"
Sonelius Smith – Harlem School of the Arts Jazz Piano Instructor
“We have just fallen in love with Matthew because of his love for music, his enthusiasm, his energy. "Here is this very gifted child, but he’s not going into hip hop or rock and roll, he’s playing jazz music."
Cephas Bowles – WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM President and Chief Executive Officer
"Hearing how Matthew has a free and creative approach to the drum set, I can not keep myself from thinking of Tony Williams, who began his career at 13 years old."
Marc Wagnon – Lighthouse Music Program , Percussion, Jazz and Music Technology Instructor
"Matthew is an exceptional young musician and an outstanding representative of our music school. We have high hopes that he will go far in his career."
Leslie Jones – Executive Director of the Lighthouse Music School