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Jon Batiste: Anatomy of Angels

Read "Anatomy of Angels" reviewed by Chris May

As the bandleader and musical director on CBS TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, pianist Jon Batiste will be known to many AAJ readers in the US. Here on the other side of the pond his name rings fewer bells. So before discussing Batiste's piano trio + octet album Anatomy of Angels, some background for European readers. Batiste comes from a distinguished line of jny: New Orleans musicians which includes the late Harold Battiste, whose accomplishments ...

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Jon Batiste

Read "Jon Batiste" reviewed by Alan Bryson

As is commonly known in jazz circles, talent doesn't inevitably guarantee success. In my nearly nine year association with All About Jazz I have come across way too many struggling musicians with undeniable talent. If you're an ardent jazz fan, it's pretty much a given that you develop a deep admiration for people willing to follow their passion and dedicate themselves to the pursuit of a career in jazz. It's wonderful when such a person achieves something extraordinary, and today ...

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Jon Batiste: Staying Human

Read "Jon Batiste: Staying Human" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Jon Batiste was named the bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (related news). This interview was originally published in January 2013. Nearly everything about Jonathan Batiste is steeped in jny: New Orleans--from the way he talks, walks, and claps his hands to the way he plays the piano, composes, and leads his Stay Human Band. So, it's surprising to consider he's actually spent most of his adult life in New York City, having arrived in 2004 ...

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Exit 0 Jazz Festival: Music All Over The Map

Read "Exit 0 Jazz Festival: Music All Over The Map" reviewed by John Ephland

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival Cape May, New Jersey November 7-9, 2014 It's a festival by the bay. Actually, it's by a cape. Or in a cape. Cape May, New Jersey, to be exact. And it has a history. A history by another name as well as its own. For those of you who are familiar with the festival by the cape, now known as the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, this year's edition was full of ...

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Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell: The Process

Read "The Process" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If anybody saw this coming, they must to be clairvoyant. The Process brings together drummer Chad Smith, the hard-hitting, groove-making force that drives the Red Hot Chili Peppers, pianist Jon Batiste, the oft-cheery personality who bridges the NOLA-New York divide with his crowd-pleasing, accessible brand of jazz, and bassist-producer Bill Laswell, a prolific, genre-blind force with a mile-long list of credits who's straddled and erased the divide between pan-African styles, dub, funk, jazz, various strains of rock, electronica, and avant-garde ...

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Jonathan Batiste: New York, NY, December 12, 2012

Read "Jonathan Batiste:  New York, NY, December 12, 2012" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band National Jazz Museum in Harlem Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church New York, NY December 12, 2012Go to any of the major New York City jazz venues and you'll sometimes get the feeling you're in church. The crowds are polite and attentive; some people might even have their hands folded on the tables. So, if you're hoping for something along these lines from Jon Batiste ...

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Jonathan Batiste: Times in New Orleans

Read "Jonathan Batiste: Times in New Orleans" reviewed by Tod Smith

Do a Google or Yahoo search on the name Jonathan Batiste and the first listing is for an Atlanta real estate agent. No offense to Atlanta's Mr. Batiste, but in the very near future his first place listing maybe in jeopardy. You see, the other Jonathan Batiste is an up and coming pianist hailing from New Orleans and if his recent performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is any indication of things to come, he will soon ...


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