NEW YORK – Jon Batiste wears so many hats he might need a closet for them all – recording artist, band leader, musical director, film composer, museum creative director and scion of New Orleans musical royalty. The multi-instrumentalist won five Grammys on Sunday and even though they’re on TV all week, maybe not many people know for sure.
HE HAS ‘SOUL’
Batiste composed music, advised and arranged songs for Pixar’s animated film Soul, a midlife crisis film blended with a New York jazz fantasy and body-swap comedy. He won a Golden Globe for music along with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails; and the trio also received the Oscar for Best Original Score. Batiste, Reznor and Ross won the Grammy on Sunday for their work on Soul best soundtrack f or visual media.
AT THE PIANO AT NIGHT
Batiste has toured the world with his band Stay Human, making a memorable stop on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report in 2014. were a natural fit. The mutual respect that Colbert and Batiste share is evident. The bandleader often cheers on the comedian’s late-night monologue from the piano, performing in segments and accompanying the musical guests. Batiste stuck with the gig even during the pandemic and immediately came up with tunes, both original and covers.
MAKE SWEET MUSIC
Batiste has recorded albums since he was young, including Hollywood Africans, produced by T Bone Burnett, Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard, and Meditations, a collaboration with guitarist Cory Wong. His album Social Music topped the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts for over a month, and he also put together the pandemic benefit album Relief: A Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians Relief Fund. His eighth album and Grammy breakthrough was 2021’s We Are, a sonic blowout mixing R&B, jazz, hip-hop, marching bands and rock, sometimes in the same song. He has received awards in categories as diverse as R&B, Jazz, American Roots, Classical, Music Video and Album of the Year. Batiste’s American Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall in May.
THE BIG SIMPLY
Batiste was born into a long line of New Orleans musicians that include the Batiste Brothers Band and marching band legends Milton and “Uncle” Lionel Batiste. He played drums as a child before switching to piano at the age of 11. He is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the renowned The Juilliard School. The music and culture of New Orleans are highlighted in Batiste’s “Freedom” video, In it, the band from St. Augustine High School, who attended Batiste, parades through the streets of the city. “Jon Batiste has been a great ambassador for Louisiana, as an entertainer and as someone who really cares about the people of our great state,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday.
Batiste became the inaugural Musical Director of The Atlantic magazine in 2017 and is Co-Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He has been featured in ad campaigns for Chase, Apple, Lincoln and numerous fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren, Barney’s, Nordstrom and H&M. His song “Freedom” was featured at the NCAA tournament and served as the face of New Orleans ahead of Saturday night’s Final Four at Caesars Superdome. He also had a role in Spike Lee’s 2012 film Red Hook Summer and appeared as himself on the HBO television series Treme. Batiste is literally the poster child for the upcoming New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
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