The Ultimate Jon Batiste Playlist

You probably know keyboardist Jon Batiste as the bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where, from his seat on the piano bench, he’s been bringing his unique brand of smart, inspiring jazz to the masses. The sheer number of eyes and ears tuning in to catch this imaginative musician in action make him among the most popular jazz artists on the planet.

He’s well-deserving of that title. After all, he’s been captivating audiences through his music almost his entire life. A proud native of Kenner, Louisiana, Batiste began playing in local bands in New Orleans at age 8, and released his first album at the age of 17, while still a student at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. His follow-up album came while he was a student at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he would eventually meet the members of his band Stay Human.

From there, Batiste went on to play in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, and alongside some of the biggest names in pop and jazz (Billy Joel and Wynton Marsalis among them). Though his reputation his global, his artistic philosophy has always been one of one-on-one connection. Case in point: his famous “love riots,” in which he and members of Stay Human will launch into spontaneous live shows on the streets of New York. They’ve become his calling card, and for good reason. Batiste is a firm believer in the power of music to uplift humanity. Listen to his music, and you’ll likely come to the same conclusion.

Feature image courtesy Razor & Tie Publicity. 

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Sunny Side of the Street
Jon Batiste
Jazz Is Now

Township
Jon Batiste
Times In New Orleans

Moon River
Jon Batiste
Jazz Is Now

My Favorite Things (Live)
Jon Batiste, Stay Human
MY N.Y.

It’s Alright (Why You Gotta)
Jon Batiste
Social Music

Sumayra 
Jon Batiste
Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art

Humanism
Stay Human
The Late Show EP

On The River Front
Jon Batiste
Times In New Orleans

Every Time
Jon Batiste
The Amazing Jon Batiste! – Ep – Limited Edition

You Are My Sunshine/Just Dance (Live)
Jon Batiste, Stay Human
MY N.Y.

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Jon Batiste
Battle Hymn of the Republic

Back After the Break (Live)
Stay Human
The Late Show – EP

Express Yourself (Say Yes)
Jon Batiste
Social Music

Red Beans
Jon Batiste
Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art

Green Hill Zone
Jon Batiste
Hollywood Africans

Mr. Buddy
Jon Batiste
Hollywood Africans

B2
The Process: Jon Batiste / Chad Smith / Bill Laswell
The Process

Green Chimneys
Jon Batiste
Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art

Kenner Boogie
Jon Batiste
Hollywood Africans

2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jon Batiste, Wynton Marsalis
The Music of John Lewis

Delaunay’s Dilemma – Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste

Ohio  – Spotify Singles
Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr.
Ohio

St James Infirmary
Jon Batiste
Social Music

Ask Me Now
Jon Batiste
Jazz Is Now

Don’t Stop
Jon Batiste
Hollywood Africans

The Authoritative Voice in Jazz

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