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Jon Batiste: Bio

With HOLLYWOOD AFRICANS, Batiste dives deep into his own personal and cultural heritage, weaving an intimate and emotional tapestry out of original material and American standards that carries the listener from the early jazz of New Orleans to the present day. Guiding the acclaimed singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the group Stay Human-since 2015 the house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert-was legendary producer T Bone Burnett, whose numerous accolades include Album of the Year Grammys for the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack and Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

"The goal was just to collaborate on something that felt authentic to both of us," says Batiste. "What we came up with was an intimate, stripped-down portrait of who I am, and the lineage of musicians and performers who are really vital to my work and to his. On this record, I want us to bop, dance, laugh and cry to the sound of the music while we remember our black heroes and wield the superpowers they left us with. Because of them, I don't have to wear a mask. I get to be who I am."

1 Creative (written by Jon Batiste)  
2 Dusk Train To Doha (written by Jon Batiste)  
3 The Very Thought Of You ft. Rachel Price (written by Ray Noble)  
4 Round Midnight (written by Thelonious Monk, Bernie Hanighen, Charles Cootie Williams)  
5 Anatomy of Angels (written by Jon Batiste)  
Stephen & Jon's Cartoon Thanks-Travaganza
Lang Lang plays 'Chopsticks' with Jon Batiste

In the fall of 2018, pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste played a six-night residency at the historic Village Vanguard in downtown New York City. On August 2, Batiste will release selections from those nights entitled Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard via Verve Records.

The selection for Anatomy of Angels is comprised mostly of Batiste's own compositions, which range from bluesy ("Dusk Train To Doha") to Coltrane-esque explorations (the titular track "Anatomy of Angels" and "Creative.") In addition to his own works, Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive joins him for Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You." Batiste also arranged on one of the most famous works of his idol Thelonious Monk, "'Round Midnight."