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Jon Batiste          

Musician, Bandleader & Musical Director of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

One of the most prolific and versatile musicians of any generation, Jon Batiste has spent his career bringing music back to where it started — with the people.

Batiste was born in New Orleans into the legendary Batiste family, and later studied at the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York City. There, he established the Stay Human band which became famous for their musical virtuosity and their signature street performances called "love riots." Batiste's skills as a pianist, composer and bandleader quickly made him one of the country's most sought-out collaborators and performers, with appearances that include the Grammys, Kennedy Center Honors, the US Open and the NBA All-Star Game.

In 2015, Batiste was named bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS. In 2018, he received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance and in 2020, he received two Grammy nods for albums he self-produced: Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard and Meditations (with Cory Wong).

In 2020, Batiste won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for the Disney/Pixar film Soul, an honor he shared with fellow composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Batiste's work on Soul also earned him a Golden Globe, BAFTA, NAACP Image Award and a Critic's Choice Award. Batiste was the second black composer in history, after legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock, to win an Academy Award for composition.

Batiste's latest studio album, WE ARE, was released in March 2021 to overwhelming critical acclaim. The versatility of the album which was envisioned by Batiste as he processed the tumultuous times of 2020, earned him praise by New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard and more. The deluxe edition of the album, with six additional tracks, was released in October 2021.


Why the Grammys Couldn't Resist Jon Batiste - The New York Times
7 days ago ... The jazz pianist is an inheritor more than an innovator, but he puts the past to use in service of fun, blending genres and embodying the pleasures of his ...
Who is Jon Batiste? 'Soul' composer leads 2022 Grammy nominations
Nov 23, 2021 ... Who is Jon Batiste? 'Soul' composer, 'Stephen Colbert' bandleader nabs 11 Grammy nominations · He is the bandleader on 'Stephen Colbert' · He was named music ...
Jon Batiste talks with Jalen Rose about Stephen Colbert and 'Soul'
Mar 24, 2022 ... Is Oscar-winning, Juilliard-educated musician Jon Batiste telepathic? It seems likely, especially after he explained to me how he landed his coveted gig as ...
Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts - Hollywood Reporter
Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts. Priyanka Chopra ... I was in India when I got the news, and it was early in the morning. I had just finished an ...
Meet Jon Batiste, Bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
On Thursday, CBS announced that Jon Batiste will join Stephen Colbert as bandleader for the revamped "Late Show"
Pianist Jon Batiste makes music for all generations -
You may not be familiar with Jon Batiste, the 27-year-old pianist, singer, composer and self-described maker of “social music.” But Batiste, who brings his Stay ...
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A "Love Riot" With Jonathan Batiste and The Stay Human Band ...
On a recent Tuesday night, Jonathan Batiste and The Stay Human Band wrapped up a gig at Rockwood Music Hall and proceeded to perform their foot ...
Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human : NPR
Host Rachel Martin is joined by pianist Batiste and his band, who hope to make jazz transcend genres and generations, as they play live at NPR's headquarters.
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