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Jon Batiste gets 2018 'Best Of The Beat' award for Hollywood Africans / offBEAT

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The Best of the Beat Music Awards were held for the 2018 edition at Generations Hall in New Orleans on January 31, 2019, and Jon Batiste took home the award for Hollywood Africans in the 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' catagory. An internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, educator and television personality, Batiste spreads his unbridled optimism on Hollywood Africans, a nod to the 1983 Jean Michel Basquiat painting by the same title. The album is both an indictment and reclamation of the long history of discrimination faced by artists of color in the entertainment industry, and in American society at large. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a master's degree. 

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