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Jon Batiste: Bio

Jon Batiste is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, and composer. As an educator and television personality he spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the arts. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a master's degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." A Grammy nominee for his 2018 release, Hollywood Africans, Jon is also a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Jon is also a coveted brand ambassador- featured in campaigns for Chase, Apple, Lincoln Motor Company, and numerous fashion brands including Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, Barney's, and Nordstrom. He has worked with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, among many others, and his personal style has been profiled in various fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. Batiste's mission is to share his faith, hope, and love with the world around him. 

1 Creative (written by Jon Batiste)  
2 Dusk Train To Doha (written by Jon Batiste)  
3 The Very Thought Of You ft. Rachel Price (written by Ray Noble)  
4 Round Midnight (written by Thelonious Monk, Bernie Hanighen, Charles Cootie Williams)  
5 Anatomy of Angels (written by Jon Batiste)  
Stephen & Jon's Cartoon Thanks-Travaganza
Lang Lang plays 'Chopsticks' with Jon Batiste

In the fall of 2018, pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste played a six-night residency at the historic Village Vanguard in downtown New York City. On August 2, Batiste will release selections from those nights entitled Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard via Verve Records.

The selection for Anatomy of Angels is comprised mostly of Batiste's own compositions, which range from bluesy ("Dusk Train To Doha") to Coltrane-esque explorations (the titular track "Anatomy of Angels" and "Creative.") In addition to his own works, Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive joins him for Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You." Batiste also arranged on one of the most famous works of his idol Thelonious Monk, "'Round Midnight."