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Matthew Whitaker Bethany Jazz Vespers

June 1, 6pm.

For 150 years, The Bethany Baptist Church of Newark has been one of the leading African American houses of worship. The Church features monthly jazz in its Saturday evening Vesper services.

In June, Bethany Baptist welcomes keyboardist, organist and bandleader Matthew Whitaker. “A blind jazz piano prodigy is taking the world by storm,” People magazine says about the rising star. At 22, Matthew has already dazzled crowds at The Apollo, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and jazz fests including Monterey and Newport. Among his many fans are Regina Carter and Jon Batiste, both of whom appeared on his buzzworthy debut album, Connections. WBGO raves: “To see and hear him play is to know that divine talent exists.”


1 Center St.
Newark, 07102 United States