Bandleader, "The Late Show"; Artistic Director at Large, National Jazz Museum in Harlem; Pianist
Jon Batiste is a New Orleans-bred, New York-based musician, educator, and humanitarian who describes himself as “somewhat of an enigma thanks to my diverse influences.” Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, he grew up playing percussion in his family’s band before switching to piano at the age of eleven. Batiste studied at the Juilliard School and formed his band, Stay Human, soon after. He balances an international performance schedule, which often includes impromptu “love riot” street parades, with work as an artistic director at large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He played himself on the HBO series “Treme” and had a role in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer.