Jon Batiste is better known to people in the US as the bandleader and musical director on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. That is where most of us got to know him.
But his credentials are deep. He’s the co-artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and has been a collaborator with everyone from pop singer Tori Kelly to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He’s graduate of both the New Orleans Center of the Creative Arts and the Juilliard School, and an alumni of both Wynton Marsalis’ and Roy Hargrove’s bands. And for the past decade, he’s developed his version of “jazz 2.0,” which includes what he calls “social music.”
Here, he spends his 33rd birthday playing an intimate, private concert with his band in the round while Jazz Night in America captured the show.
SET LIST: 0:19 – “If You’re Happy And You Know It” (Joe Raposo, arr. Jon Batiste) 4:21 – “PRINCE” 11:16 – “HIGHER” 19:40 – “Round Midnight” (Thelonious Monk, Bernard D. Hanighen, Charles Cootie Williams) 28:15 – “PWWR” 34:24 – “BLACCK” 40:58 – “SOULFUL” (Roy Hargrove) 48:18 –
MUSICIANS; Jonanthan Batiste (piano, vocals, bandleader) Giveton Gelin (trumpet) Jon Lampley (trumpet, tuba) Eddie Barbash (alto saxophone) Tivon Pennicott (tenor saxophone) Endea Owens (bass) Joe Saylor (drums) Negah Santos (percussion)
Until next time!
©2021 by Ignacio Alperin Bruvera