Jon Batiste to Jazz Up Park City, Feb 8
As spicy and richly textured as his native N'Orleans, jazzman Jon Batiste and his New York City-based band of Julliard contemporaries dish out a steamy concoction of everything from ragtime to funk. The licks, grooves and stompin' beats sizzle in The Eccles Center spotlight on Saturday, February 8. The Jon Batiste & Stay Human concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
With "a mission of bringing the joy of jazz to the masses" (New York Daily News) the 27 year-old Batiste and his band don't just play the music; they live it, breathe it and, most importantly, share it... even on the subway (where they created a self-produced album). It's a sound described by a Washington Post reviewer as "... pounding rhythms and lively melodies, deceptively finessed and firmly steeped in gospel and the blues."
Born and raised in a culture and family of jazz - and educated at the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as well as the Juilliard School - Batiste comes to the stage with innate artistry as well has fine-tuned technique. His heritage is deeply rooted in New Orleans; his family's connection to the music of the Crescent City was part of the inspiration for the HBO documentary Treme in which he appeared. Yet, he has also fused his musical background with the sounds and influences of a decade of living in the Big Apple. A New York Times reviewer, who caught Batiste's act at this summer's Newport Jazz Festival, described him as "fast-tracking toward heroism." Already, he has collaborated with everyone from Prince to Wynton Marsalis.
The band, Stay Human, includes Batiste (on piano, vocals and melodica, which he has renamed the harmonaboard); Eddie Barbash on alto saxophone; Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba; and Joe Saylor on drums. Jon Batiste & Stay Human's most recent release, Social Music, hit the airwaves this fall.