It was quite a night: Harry Connick, Jr., Jon Batiste, Catherine Russell, Sullivan Fortner, Wynton, Branford and Jason Marsalis, among others, in “The Birth of Jazz: From Bolden to Armstrong” at the annual Jazz at Lincoln Center gala on April 17. My review for DownBeat.com.
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Jon Batiste has become one of the most visible – and beloved – jazz musicians in America. If you’ve ever listened to him play, it should be no surprise that there’s a serious, well-schooled pianist lurking beneath the showman persona. Here’s my cover story on him from the April DownBeat.
I interviewed the uber-talented Jon Batiste on Dec. 13 for a future profile in DownBeat. Here he is with Stay Human and guests singer Judith Hill and violinist Lee England, Jr. performing a Christmas medley on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (Be sure to hang on for his funky take on “God Rest Ye…” at 2:25.)