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Jon Batiste
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    (November 11, 1986- )
    Born in Metairie, Louisiana
    Keyboardist, bandleader, and composer
    Formed the band Stay Human (2011)
    Recorded the solo albums 'Times in New Orleans' (2005), 'Jazz Is Now' (2013), 'Christmas with Jon Batiste' (2016), 'Hollywood Africans' (2018), and 'WE ARE' (2020)
    With Stay Human recorded the album 'Social Music' (2013)
    Band leader and musical director for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    Appeared as himself in the series Treme (2011-13)
    With Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composed the score for 'Soul' (2020)
    He likes to stage impromptu street performances that he calls 'love riots.'
    Some of his 'love riots' really tie up traffic.
    After he won an Academy Award for 'Soul,' commentators seemed uncertain whether he was the second or third black composer to win a film scoring Oscar. (The answer depended on whether or not they counted Prince's win for Best Song Score for 'Purple Rain.')
    He said, 'I don't think this is egotistical, but there's no body like me.... I feel that I'm the only person in my generation who can do a lot of things.'
    He was named to Forbes' '30 Under 30' list (2016)
    He performed the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game (2017).
    He teamed with Gary Clark, Jr., for the Grammy tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. (2018)
    He was named Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
    He was named a 'traveling ambassador' for the nonprofit Music Unites, focusing on bringing music education to underfunded school systems.
    He considers bringing jazz to the people part of his mission: 'People don't dance to jazz anymore, and that's one of the problems.'
    He and Stay Human recorded a live EP, 'My N.Y.,' on a moving subway car.

Credit: C. Fishel

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