Jonathan Batiste
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  • "Mr. Batiste was stunning: he played a solo in the piano’s upper region that was spare, forceful, witty, funky, imaginative and coherent. He seemed free, as if he weren’t trying to score points on depth and modernity but just squeezing juice out of the song; and thoughtful, as if walking in slow motion. It wasn’t a tour de force, and somehow it was better for it."
    -The New York Times

  • "I don't know any words in the English language to describe Jonathan Batiste. The man is a genius...just phenomenal. What happened at Baldwin Wallace was so far beyond anybody's expectations, so thoughtful and beautifully done. The afternoon session with the students was brilliant, and the evening lecture will probably live in peoples' memories as one of the best guest presentations we've ever had."
    -Baldwin Wallace University

Jonathan Batiste

Whether he's performing for presidents, sharing the stage with Elvis Costello, or, most recently, being appointed bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste is a musical icon.

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. 

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