The Late Show With Stephen Colbert musical director Jon Batiste has made his major label debut with his new album ‘Hollywood Africans’.
Jon Batiste has released the album through Universal’s Jazz imprint Verve. The title comes from a 1983 Basquiat painting. The theme of the album is the decay of America in recent years.
T-Bone Burnett produced the album. Burnett was the man behind the ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’ soundtrack. He also produced ‘Raising Sand’ by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
Jon Batiste performed on The Colbert Report in 2015. When Colbert took over from David Letterman, Batiste scored the musical director role for the new show at age 28.
Jon Batiste is also the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum of Harlem. He has recorded with Gary Clark Jr and Leon Bridges, performed with Stevie Wonder and appeared in three seasons of Treme.