Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Matthew Whitaker

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Matthew Whitaker in his Center debut for two performances on Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Jazz Club in Samueli Theatre. After demonstrating his prodigious talent while still a young child, 20-year-old composer and pianist Whitaker has established himself as one of the hottest new names in jazz.

At age 10, he was the opening performer for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. At 15, he was named a Yamaha Artist, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. He has toured extensively, both in the U.S. and abroad, performing on many world-renowned stages. He has recorded two acclaimed albums and his story was recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

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Whitaker has toured both in the U.S. and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Monterey Jazz Festival; Newport Jazz Festival and at international venues in France, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Spain and Morocco.

Whitaker has performed with an array of outstanding musicians including Ray Chew, Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, Cameron Carpenter, Regina Carter, Jason Moran, Jon Batiste, Cory Henry, Marc Cary, Arturo O’Farrill, James Carter, Roy Ayers, D.D. Jackson, The New York Pops Orchestra, and with Hamiet Bluiett and his Bio-Electric Ensemble.

In 2010, he was a winning participant in the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition, as part of Amateur Night at the Apollo. After performing with Stevie Wonder, he returned to the Apollo for FOX TV’s revival of “Showtime at the Apollo in 2016,” where he won the audience over with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s classic “I Wish.” Whitaker has been on national and international radio and television, including The Today Show’s documentary series “Boys Changing The World,” the Harry Connick Jr. Show and an appearance on the syndicated TV talk show Ellen.

Single tickets for Matthew Whitaker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts start at $59 and are now available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Samueli Theatre at Segerstrom Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.