Jazz fans! The Grand Theatre has a special treat for us on April 5 at 7:30pm: a concert by rising start Jon Batiste & Stay Human! Before this, you can also attend a master class at 2pm.
TALK BACK WITH THE ARTIST
Ticket-holders are invited to remain after the performance for a brief casual conversation with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.
With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the New York City music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He studied jazz and classical piano at The Juilliard School, is a Movado Future Legend award recipient and a Steinway Performing Artist.
At 25, he has performed in over 40 countries, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. With his modern take on American music, and clever use of the harmonaboard (sometimes called a melodica), Batiste has collaborated with musicians from across the spectrum – Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Mark OConnnor and Asher Roth among them.
Jon Batiste is also the founder and leader of Stay Human, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit. This quartet, with 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 drum, has evolved over the past eight years, running the spectrum from a jazz trio to a quintet to a big band with horns.
Dedicated to igniting the next generation of musicians, in his position as co-director and music curator at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Batiste has programmed year-long educational workshops for hundreds of students.
Part of the Global Beat Series.
Join Jon Batiste and our host, local musician Christopher Jackson, on Saturday, April 5th at 2:00 pm at the Pump House Steam Museum for a lively afternoon chat based on the “Harlem Speaks” program.
For those with tickets to the Jon Batiste concert later that evening at the Grand Theatre, your admission to this event is free. For those without concert tickets, you may join us for the lecture at the regular cost of admission to the museum of $5.30. We strongly recommend that all patrons register here in advance to secure a spot as seating for this intimate lecture is limited.
The Pump House Steam Museum is located at 23 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario.
Watch/listen here as Jon Batiste talks about his musical influences and “social music”: