Jon Batiste comes from a New Orleans musical dynasty. The Batiste family dates back decades. In previous generations Harold worked with Sam Cooke and Sonny and Cher, Alvin was a music teacher who played with Wynton Marsalis and Cannonball Adderley and Lionel was once a member of the Treme Brass Band.
The current generation features Jon Batiste, who at 33 years of age has been Stephen Colbert’s band leader for the past six year and co-composed the music for the Disney movie ‘Soul’ collaborating with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
Jon’s new album is ‘We Are’ which Jon says is “a message of love for humanity, of humble reverence for our past, and of a hopeful future, in which we are the ones who can save us”.
Jon Batiste spoke with Noise11.com’s Paul Cashmere.
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