Tuesday Tune: ‘Express Yourself (Say Yes)’ by Jon Batiste & Stay Human
A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jon Batiste has a natural entertainer’s charisma and chops to match. He met his band in school at Juilliard and can do modern jazz with a metropolitan attitude.
Deeply rooted in his native New Orleans traditions — where he grew up playing with his family’s well-known band, Batiste Brothers Band — Batiste has developed a uniquely current, uplifting and playful brand of jazz that perfectly combines his classical Juilliard training with contemporary mainstream sounds.
He’s currently touring with his band, Stay Human, which comprises Joe Saylor on the drums, Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba and Eddie Barbash on alto sax. Their mission is to bring the joy of jazz to the masses, transforming each space they play by breaking down the barriers between audience and performer and inviting people to experience the music as they never thought it could be played.
Listen to their single “Express Yourself (Say Yes)” now!