Jonathan Batiste is an American musician, bandleader, and TV personality. He has recorded and performed with artists in various genres of music and performed in more than 40 countries. Batiste regularly tours with his band Stay Human and appears with them nightly as Bandleader and Musical Director. He also serves as the Music Director & the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
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Our Best of the Decade series continues with three music interviews. Carolina Chocolate Drops are a old-time string band from Durham, N.C. Jazz singer Catherine Russell sang back-up for Paul Simon, David Bowie and Jackson Browne. Jon Batiste is the bandleader for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.'
Batiste, the music director for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' sits at the piano and demonstrates his "everything in the pot" style of playing. He tells Terry Gross about his influences — from Thelonious Monk to Bach. Batiste's latest album is 'Hollywood Africans.'
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The young pianist Jonathan Batiste hails from one of the renowned musical families of New Orleans. He played in various family bands and with the clarinetist Alvin Batiste. At age 17, he moved to New York to study at the Julliard School of Music while pursuing a career as a sideman with Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson and Wynton Marsalis among others. Now he leads the Stay Human band, and serves as associate artistic director of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. In this interview, he discusses his family's musical roots, taking the music to a higher level, and fitting himself into the New York jazz scene.
We'll explore insights into creativity and creative collaboration from jazz improv with jazz musician Jonathan Batiste. Jonathan is a member of a long lineage of musicians from the Batiste family of Louisiana. At 24, Jonathan  performed and recorded with artists across musical genres including Abbey Lincoln, Prince, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jimmy Buffet, Lenny Kravitz, Cassandra Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Hargrove and many others. Jonathan also is a music curator at the Jazz Museum in Harlem, where he created and leads the "JAZZ is: NOW!" series. He's currently featured in a role on the HBO TV series, "Treme." Listen to Jonathan's music and find peformance dates here and follow him on Facebook here.
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Nov 11th, 1986
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2 hours, 25 minutes