Roo AOTD #60 Jon Batiste

All aboard the hype train for Bonnaroo 2024! Only 75 days until we are all on the Farm again, can you believe it? It’s coming up fast and we can’t wait to be dancing with all of you at Bonnaroo! Today’s Artist of the Day is the one and only Jon Batiste. Learn more about the artist below. Don’t forget to check out all of our artist spotlights! Thank you for reading these posts!

Artist Biography

Jon Batiste is a Grammy and Oscar award-winning jazz keyboardist, singer, and composer. He was born in 1986 in Metairie, Louisiana and grew up in a musical family. His uncles are the New Orleans legends Lionel Batiste and Harold Batiste. Jon graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in 2004 alongside Trombone Shorty. The next year, Jon released his debut album Times in New Orleans and went to study at Juilliard in New York. During this time he started performing as a trio with bassist Phil Kuehn and drummer Joe Saylor. This trio was featured on his 2005 album Live in New York: At the Rubin Museum of Art. Jon added saxophonist Eddie Barbash to the group, birthing the ensemble Stay Human. This new group played impromptu outdoor concerts where they earned acclaim for their lively performances. In 2011, they released their debut EP followed by their 2013 debut album Social Music which topped the Billboard Jazz Chart. Later that year, Jon joined Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and bassist Bill Laswell to record a film soundtrack for a film that never materialized. The soundtrack was released in 2014 as The Process. The next year, Stay Human became the house band for the CBS talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In 2015, the band released the Late Show EP which featured recordings from their house band performances and debuted at number three on the Jazz Albums Chart. In 2018, Jon released the album Hollywood Africans which peaked at number two on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart and got a Grammy nomination for his rendition of “Saint James Infirmary.” His next Grammy nomination was for 2020’s Meditations Meditations which featured Cory Wong. Later that year Jon contributed songs to the Disney-Pixar film Soul and released a companion album Music from and Inspired by Soul. The movie Soul won a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Score. In 2021, Jon released the album We Are featuring guests including Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty. The album peaked at 25 on the Billboard 200, received 11 Grammy nominations, and took home the Grammy for Album of the Year. In total, he won five Grammy awards. In 2022, Jon left The Late Show to focus on his own music, which lead to the creation of his seventh album World Music Radio featuring artists including Jon Bellion, Lana Del Rey, and Kenny G. This album received four Grammy nominations including Album of the Year.


Jazz, Classical, Gospel, R&B, Funk, Pop

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