Who Are Jon Batiste and Stay Human? The 411 on Stephen Colbert’s Cool New House Band

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Born into the New Orleans jazz family featured on the HBO series “Treme,” Batiste released two albums by the age of 17, and bagged both an undergraduate and a graduate degree the world’s most prestigious performing arts school, Julliard. He’s also the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and has collaborated with a number of impressive musicians, including Prince, Aloe Blac, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and released an album last year with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Batiste and Stay Human call what they do “social music.”

While at Julliard in 2010, Batiste and the band started taking their instruments onto the the New York subway—presumably for a change of pace from the high-brow academia they were immersed in.

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