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Jon Batiste will release a powerful, genre-defying new album; 'We Are' / JAZZIZ: The Week in Jazz

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JAZZIZ' MATT MICUCCI writes....The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It's a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. 

Jon Batiste will release a powerful, genre-defying new album that aims to fuse the sound of early 20th-century black social music with modern pop production and a hint of hip-hop storytelling. We Are, out via Verve on March 19, also features collaborations with Mavis Staples, Zadie Smith, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty and more. The lead single from the album, "I Need You," was recently released along with its accompanying video and Batiste defined it as "a vibe cleanse. After 2020, this is like a warm hug." Preorder We Are here.

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