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Pianist, bandleader, vocalist and New Orleans musical royalty Jon Batiste releases "Hollywood Africans," his first solo album via Verve Records (Verve Label Group). Recorded in a church-turned-studio in New Orleans and produced by T Bone Burnett, Jon Batiste's major label debut is an homage to his musical heroes and an intimate portrait of the artist – many songs are just Jon and his piano.

An internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, educator and television personality, Batiste 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." Jon is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Musical Director for The Atlantic and Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He balances a demanding performance schedule with speaking engagements, curating events, occasional acting and producing opportunities, all while relentlessly composing new music. 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. Jon's mission is to share his faith, hope and love with the world around him. Watch the attached video