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“Jon Batiste: Reservoir of Positivity”

Jon Batiste DB Cover

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.


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Bringing jazz back to late night: working on a profile of JonBatiste, coming in 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.)

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Jon Batiste: Hip for the Holidays

jon-batiste-1I chatted with pianist and Late Show with Stephen Colbert musical director Jon Batiste recently about his new Christmas album, which includes the funkiest version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” ever. Here are highlights of our conversation from

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