November 30, 2021

Jonathan Michael "Jon" Batiste (born November 11, 1986 in Kenner, Louisiana) is an American musician. He is the musical director of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Life and work

Batiste was born into a family of musicians, including also included Harold Battiste and Lionel Batiste. The HBO series Treme is based in part on family history. Batiste himself also appeared in the series and played himself. He attended the Juilliard School, where he earned masters degrees in jazz and classical piano music. Batiste leads the music group Stay Human, which he founded with fellow students Phil Kuehn and Joe Saylor . He became known as the musical director of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and is occasionally active as a sidekick on the show. In 2012 he became the assistant artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He has also been Music Director of The Atlantic magazine since 2017. Batiste wrote the jazz pieces for the Pixar film Soul, released on December 25, 2020, and won a Golden Globe Award. These were released as part of the soundtrack. At the Grammy Awards 2021, he received an award for his album Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard in the category Best Instrumental Album and for the album Meditations (with Cory Wong) in the category Grammy Award for Best New Age Album nominated. For his work on Soul Batiste also received the Critics ’Choice Movie Award, a BAFTA and an Oscar in 2021. In the summer of 2021, Batiste became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Batiste received a total of eleven nominations for the Grammy Awards 2022 in November 2021, making him the most nominated artist at the event.


Chicago Film Critics Association Award 2020: Award for best film music in SoulFlorida Film Critics Circle Award 2020: Award for best film music (for his contribution to Soul) Golden Globe Award 2021: Award for best film music in SoulGrammy Awards 2022: Nominations in eleven categories, including Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Jazz Instrumental Album (Soul: Jazz Compositions) Critics ’Choice Movie Awards 2021: Award for Best Score in SoulBritish Academy Film Awards 2021: Award for best film music in SoulOscar 2021: Award for best film music in soul


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