Young Marvels Recognizes Hammond’s Newest Artist

13 year old musician wows Ovation Network Series

At 3 years old, Matthew Whitaker of Hackensack N.J., blind since birth, already showed musical promise on a small keyboard given to him by his Grandfather. By age 9, the “toy” keyboard gave way to a full-size Hammond B-3 Organ, and now, at 13, Matthew is poised to break large in the Jazz and Gospel Worlds.

The Nation has been introduced to the young and most gifted virtuoso, through the Ovation Network’s “Young Marvels” series, which follows the developments of incredible children who are making landmark achievements in all areas of the arts. The episode airing on Wednesday September 17th shows Matthew playing with one of his Mentors, Jazz Legend and Hammond Organ Hall-Of-Fame member Dr. Lonnie Smith.  See Video Clip Here.

Dr. Smith formally inducted Matthew as an Official Hammond Organ Artist, on behalf of the company, where Matthew joins the ranks of Hammond Giants like Brian Auger, Keith Emerson, Rev. Moses Tyson, and Bernie Worrell. At age 13, he becomes the youngest artist so honored in the company’s 81-year history.

Matthew’s genius extends beyond the Hammond Organ, excelling on Piano and Drums as well. He has performed extensively, on an international scale, with concerts before the UN Youth Assembly at the United Nations HQ in New York, and Jazz at Lincoln Center among the highlights.

Matthew was a winning participant in the “Amateur Night at the Apollo Child Stars of Tomorrow”; which resulted in his being the opening performer for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo’s hall of fame.

www.matthewwhitaker.net

www.drlonniesmith.com

Hammond Artist Page

 

4 Comments

  • Posted October 3, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome!!! It’s good to see young people who God has blessed with such strong musical talent. Congratulations to Matthew Whitaker!!

  • James P (Jimi) Smith Jr
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

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  • Posted October 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Another young artist in action. This time on the Hammond Organ. I am a Hammond organist myself and play for my church. What a blessing it is.

  • Nowosad Janusz
    Posted October 23, 2015 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Dear Sir,
    Would you like send me some prospects, folders, posters… of musical instruments produced by your firm. I’m a music teacher in one of Polish schools. My particular interest are however electronic musical instruments. At present I’m preparing an exibition of prospects, folders, posters… of modern musical instruments in my school. The title of the exhibition is going to be „Musical instruments of the XXI the century”. During the exibition also going to give a short speech based on the materials to send me by some firms producing modern musical instruments. That’s why I kindlly ask you to send me some materials to help to present your musical instruments properly.
    My adress:
    School Gimnazjum nr 18
    20-054 Lublin
    al. Jana Dlugosza 8
    Janusz Nowosad
    Poland
    Sicnerely yours
    Janusz Nowosad
    P.S. I send you warm greting and wishing of further success.

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