- In The Night
- Ask Me Now
- Road Life
- Moon River
- The Entertainer
- Sunny Side Of The Street
- Memories Of You
- Bunkman Shoes Blues
- Jonathan Batiste – Piano, Vocals, Harmonabord
- Phil Kuehn – Bass
- Joe Saylor – Drums, Tamborine
- Eddie Barbash – Backing Vocals
- Ibanda Ruhumbika – Tuba
jonathan batiste biography
Jonathan is a member of a long lineage of musicians from the Batiste family of Louisiana. He was introduced to music by his family’s band, the Batiste Brothers Band, in which he played percussion/drums in at age 8. He switched to piano around the age of 12.
By the age of 17, he released his first of his two CDs as a leader entitled “Times In New Orleans” featuring New Orleans musicians including Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison Jr. and Christian Scott. By then he was already attracting considerable attention as a young musician of great talent and potential. A member of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) along with Trombone Shorty he graduated in 2004 and was a primer young performer. He then went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.
In 2006 he received the “Movado Future Legend Award”, being the only to receive the honor for jazz. Prior to the honor, Jonathan had already released his second CD “Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art”. Closing out 2006, Batiste had already been a featured performer in South Africa, London, Lisbon, Spain, Paris, and the U.S..
In 2007 he made his debut at the world renowned Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), producing and performing his own show. In addition to the show, he also conducted music clinics/master classes and workshops throughout all of Holland in inner city schools and underprivileged neighborhoods. As a result, he was invited back to Carnegie Hall to produce and perform in his own show. The performance included six young musicians from the Netherlands in which Batiste composed music to feature within the program. The performance concluded with an epic finale he composed for choir, jazz combo, and orchestral instruments. It was viewed as a hugely successful cultural exchange and garnered national attention. Also in 2007, Batiste began an ongoing collaboration with vocalist Cassandra Wilson.
Starting off 2008, Batiste was a featured member of the 2008 NBA All-Star Game Halftime show. Batiste was the youngest artist alongside Allen Toussaint, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, and Davell Crawford.
By 2009, Batiste had released 2 CD’s and 2 EP’s of his own, and performed in over 40 countries. In addition to the piano, he has chosen the melodica as a current passion. Adopting it as one of his signatures, he has already helped to further popularize the instrument. He is known by the stage name Jon Batiste.
He has recorded and/or performed with various artist including the Soul Rebels Brass Band, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Prince (musician), Lenny Kravitz, Aloe Blacc, Judith Hill, Harry Connick Jr., Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Buffett, Abbey Lincoln, Roy Hargrove, Mark O’ Connor and many more.
In 2012, Mr. Batiste was appointed Associate Artistic Director at the National Museum in Harlem as part of the leadership entrusted with the development and growth of the institution