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Jon Batiste honors 'Prince' in final 'Live From Here' show of the season / Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"Live From Here" may be drifting away from its Minnesota roots, but the national radio show found all sorts of ways to pay tribute to the state with its last Twin Cities show of the season and its first without host Chris Thile. Guest host Jon Batiste, best known as the bandleader for CBS's "Late Show With Stephen Colbert," talked about how he spent time in college obsessed with Prince's "Dirty Mind" album before steaming up the Fitzgerald Theatre with a sulty, jazz version of "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore." The real star here was Batiste, who showed that he was just as enthusiastic and musically versatile as Thile, as the host was away performing with his group, The Punch Brothers. Batiste rapped, crooned and vamped in ways TV viewers rarely get to see. Most impressively, he showed off his piano chops, tackling everything from Bach to Nat King Cole.

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