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Jonathan Batiste is an iconic, unique artist of this generation. With his unique voice on piano and dapper style, Jonathan has ignited the New York City music scene. He comes from a celebrated lineage of New Orleans musicians. He has performed in over 40 countries; headlined in premier venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Concertgebouw; released CDs ("Times In New Orleans" and "Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art"), 2 EP's ("The Amazing Jon Batiste EP" and "In The Night EP"); performed on national TV (NBA All-Star Game Half-Time Show 2008, HBO series "Treme", BET etc.); and collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, Prince, Jimmy Buffett, Roy Hargrove, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. He is a "Movado Future Legend" award recipient and a "Steinway Performing Artist." Starting out on the drums at age 8, by 12 he had moved on to--and was quickly advancing in--the piano. He is also a vocalist, arranger, composer, and "harmonabord" player. As a role model in his community, Batiste empowers the next generation of musicians. With his role as co-director and music curator at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, he has programmed year-long educational workshops for hundreds of students. As an educator and a humanitarian, he has conducted clinics and master classes worldwide. Jonathan is also a traveling ambassador for the NY-based non-profit organization "Music Unites," founded by Michelle Edgar. Batiste collaborates with Edgar on various projects throughout the year dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner-city school systems. Jonathan is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, which is comprised of some of New York City's most creative young musicians. The Stay Human Band is a marching band that moves through the city, sharing their world-class music and uplifting high energy with the people of New York. They recently released an album, "MY N.Y.," which was recorded entirely in the city's subway cars and on its street corners, giving the listener a candid look into New York City.
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