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Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste, a talented member of the renowned Batiste music family of New Orleans, will be gracing Big Ears with his infectious energy. He was honored with five Grammy Awards in 2022 (out of 11 nominations), including the prestigious Album of the Year for We Are. His impressive achievements also include an Oscar, Golden Globe, and other accolades for his score in Pixar’s animated film Soul.

Batiste’s August release, World Music Radio, showcases his latest work, and a forthcoming documentary, American Symphony, will soon be hitting the screens. His performance at Big Ears is a chance to experience Batiste’s musical artistry firsthand.

World Music Radio

World Music Radio, Jon Batiste’s seventh studio album, is a concept album that weaves Batiste’s signature style of jazz, funk, and soul with the sounds of global artists like Lana Del Rey, Lil Wayne, and K-Pop girl group New Jeans to create pop music that effortlessly transcends national, cultural, and genre barriers.

He dropped by Coke Studios a few months before World Music Radio’s release for the first ever live performance of  “Calling Your Name,” a single on the record.

American Symphony

Image from The Hollywood Reporter (courtesy of Telluride Film Festival)

In American Symphony, the acclaimed documentary directed by Oscar nominee Matthew Heineman, viewers are given a genuine and moving glimpse into the life Batiste. As he experiences the pinnacle of his career, dominating the 2022 Grammys, his wife Suleika Jaouad is simultaneously battling leukemia. The film captures Batiste’s raw emotions as he navigates the challenges of his wife’s diagnosis and subsequent bone marrow transplant.

The documentary continues to stir up Oscar buzz after its premier at the Telluride Film Festival in early September.

Exclusive Playlist Curated By Jon Batiste

For the month of October, Batiste had the honor of being named the Music Director for Harper’s Bazaars Voices issue. Among the chosen songs he curated were the timeless classic, Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),” as well as the soulful and emotive “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé. And, as if that wasn’t enough to satisfy even the most discerning of music lovers, Batiste also included the stunningly beautiful and complex “Savana, Céline, Aya, Pt. 1” by the talented Chassol.

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