|Date of birth||November 11, 1986|
|Years active||2011 to present|
|Seasons||2, & 3|
|First episode||"On Your Way Down"|
|Last episode||"Don't You Leave Me Here"|
|Credits||4 episodes (see below)|
In 2014 he appeared on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, and in 2015 he was chosen as the band leader for Stephen Colbert's The Late Show along with his band "Stay Human".
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.
Jonathan Batiste in 2008 during a soundcheck for Cassandra Wilson at Bluesfest in Ottawa 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. Jonathan is currently signed with Columbia Artists Management.
In 2005 Batiste began performing regularly around the New York music scene with his trio Stay Human, including bassist Phil Kuehn and drummer Joe Saylor. They first met in 2004. A few years later he recruited Eddie Barbash on alto saxophone and sometime after that Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba. Batiste has toured extensively with this quintet in recent years and has named this band "Stay Human". They all attended Juilliard together.
Jonathan and his band are particularly known for actively engaging with audiences in an effort to create greater accessibility to and appreciation for the art of live music. The band draws it's moniker from the belief that the human interaction of a live musical performance can uplift humanity in the midst of the "plug in/tune out" nature of modern day society. Either on tour or during time off, the band can be seen spontaneously playing in non traditional venues and starting impromptu demonstrations through the streets which Jon and the band have termed as "Love Riots". 2011 saw the release of another self produced CD entitled "MY NY". The album was recorded entirely within the NYC subway system across numerous impromptu performances.
Jonathan's first television experience was playing the lead in a Japanese tourism commercial when he was 9 years old. In recent years he has been cast in the HBO television series Treme and appears in the second and third seasons. He was also cast as Da Organist T.K. Hazelton in director Spike Lee's film Red Hook Summer. In the film he composed and performed all of the Hammond B-3 organ music that was a part of the film score. He has done film scores as well including the T.V. documentary Duke 91 & 92: Back To Back and the short film Melody Of Choice.
In 2014 he appeared on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central performing "Express Yourself", and in 2015 he was chosen as the band leader for Stephen Colbert's The Late Show along with his band "Stay Human".
|Season two credits|
|"Accentuate the Positive"||"Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky"||"On Your Way Down"||"Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?"|
|"Slip Away"||"Feels Like Rain"||"Carnival Time"||"Can I Change My Mind?"|
|"What Is New Orleans?"||"That's What Lovers Do"||"Do Watcha Wanna"|
|Season three credits|
|"Knock with Me – Rock with Me"||"Saints"||"Me Donkey Want Water"||"The Greatest Love"|
|"I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say"||"Careless Love"||"Promised Land"||"Don't You Leave Me Here"|
|"Poor Man's Paradise"||"Tipitina"|
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