Song:Express Yourself (Say Yes)
Similar to Robert Glasper and especially Trombone Shorty, pianist Jon Batiste is taking jazz to a wider audience. His 2013 CD Social Music topped the jazz charts. And now he has taken a very high profile gig that could make him a household name. He was born Nov. 11, 1986 in Kenner, LA. He started out as a child playing percussion in his family's band The Batiste Brothers Band. His mom suggested the switch to piano. He was a classmate of Trombone Shorty at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. His 2005 CD Times In New Orleans featured Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison Jr., and Christian Scott. Then he moved to New York City to study at Juilliard. It was here that Batiste met bassist Phil Keuhn and drummer Joe Saylor and they played local New York clubs. Later sax player Eddie Barbash and tuba player Ibanda Ruhumbika were added and that is the current Stay Human lineup. After a couple of EPs, Batiste signed with Razor & Tie and released the 2013 CD Stay Human. It topped the jazz charts. His music mixes R & B and New Orleans street music with jazz. As I said, he's similar to Trombone Shorty. And like Shorty, Batiste appeared in the HBO series Treme. After performing Express Yourself on The Colbert Report last year, Stephen Colbert announced in June that when he takes over The Late Show on CBS, Jon Batiste and Stay Human will be his house band. Big things are coming for Jon Batiste. Here's the video for Express Yourself (Say Yes) by Jon Batiste and Stay Human.