Jonas (“Jon”) Michael Batiste is a bandleader, composer, arranger, actor, “harmonabord” player, and television personality from the United States. einsteinerupload of. By age 8, he was playing percussion and drums with his family’s band, the Batiste Brothers Band. On his mother’s advice, he switched to piano at the age of 11 and honed his skills by taking classical music lessons and transcribing songs from video games.
Batiste released his debut album Times in New Orleans when he was 17 years old. He graduated from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans in 2004 and went on to the Juilliard School in New York City, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2011 and a master’s degree in music in 2013. He released his second album, Live in New York: At the Rubin Museum of Art, while still at Juilliard.
Batiste was also a featured performer in South Africa and Europe by the end of 2006. In 2007, at the age of 20, Batiste made his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, producing and performing his own show. He conducted music clinics, classes and workshops throughout the Netherlands in inner-city schools and underprivileged neighborhoods. He was invited to Carnegie Hall to produce and perform in his own show with six young musicians from the Netherlands. The performance concluded with a finale he composed for choir, jazz combo and orchestral instruments.
Batiste’s notable career performances include the 2017 NBA All-Star Game national anthem, a tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino at the 2018 Grammy Awards, and the 2020 Juneteenth celebration in Brooklyn. Batiste has been honored by the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 music list; named grand marshal of Endymion Parade in New Orleans; the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award; and the NAACP Image Award.
Jon has acted for TV and films. He was in the HBO series Treme (2011-2013). He was also in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer (2012) and composed and performed the organ music film score. Other film scores include Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back (2012) and Melody of Choice (2013). (2012).
Batiste began performing regularly in New York with his Juilliard colleagues, bassist Phil Kuehn and drummer Joe Saylor, in 2005. Eddie Barbash on alto saxophone and Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba were later added. Stay Human was named by Batiste because she believes that human interaction during live musical performances can elevate humanity in the “plug in, tune out” nature of modern society. In mid-2015, it was announced that Jon Batiste and Stay Human would serve as the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS. On September 8, 2015, the show debuted.
In 2020 Batiste and Nine Inch Nails band members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composed the score for the Disney-Pixar animated film Soul. The song won a Golden Globe award, the British Academy Film Award (BAFTA), and the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Batiste became only the second Black composer to win an Oscar in this category, following Herbie Hancock in 1986. His music has received fourteen Grammy nominations. He won five awards at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in 2022, including Album of the Year (We Are), Best American Roots Song (Cry), and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Soul).