Armed with a Masters from Julliard, Jonathan has ignited the NYC music scene with his piano expertise and extensive knowledge of musical trends throughout Black History. He is from a celebrated lineage of musicians from the Batiste family of Louisiana.
Jonathan has released several award-winning studio and live albums. His 2013 album Social Music reached Number One on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Most recently, Jonathan joined Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith on the 2015 album The Process. He has collaborated with world renowned artists such as Prince, Wynton Marsalis, and Jimmy Buffett.
Jonathan is the founder and leader of Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit. Always on the go, the band tours across the globe spreading good music, a message of hope, and a reminder of what it means to be human.
Jonathan motivates the next generation of musicians both inside the classroom and out. In his role as co-director and music curator at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and as traveling ambassador for the NY-based nonprofit organization "Music Unites," he collaborates on various projects dedicated to bringing music education to children.