Young US rising star pianist who was last seen in the club as a member of Wynton Marsalis' band. Highly recommended!
Jon Batiste – Piano, “Harmonaboard” (Melodica), Vocals
Eddie Barbash - Alto Sax, Vocals
Barry Stephenson - Bass
Joseph Saylor - Drums & Tambourine
Ibanda Ruhumbika - Tuba & Trombone
With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the NYC music scene.
Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Bastiste 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. With his modern take on American music, and clever use of the harmonaboard, Batiste has collaborated with musicians from across the spectrum – Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Mark O’Connnor 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. 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.
At 25, Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. A "Movado Future Legend" award recipient, and a "Steinway Performing Artist”, Jon has performed in innumerable prestigious events and venues across the world. His modern take on the American songbook, through the channels of a virtuosic pedigree in jazz and classical music, is attracting critical acclaim as well as audiences across all demographics. Together with his band Stay Human, Jon is creating a unique grassroots movement that encourages accessibility and appreciation in the art of the live performance.
Apart from his natural focus, Jon is also a noted advocate for music education (Traveling Ambassador for Music Unites, Associate Artistic Director for the National Jazz Museum) and a regular figure in television and film (HBO’s Treme, Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer”).
At 23, Eddie Barbash is one of the most exciting, sought-after young alto saxophonists of his generation. He has performed at major clubs and festivals worldwide, principally as a member of the Stay Human Band, but also as a multi-reed man for drummer legend Chico Hamilton in Chico’s sextet, Euphoria. In 2009 he founded The Tres Amigos, a sax-guitar-accordion trio that performs diverse repertoire using close-harmony vocal arrangements and instrumental improvisation. Eddie has performed with a range of artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Terrence Blanchard, Paquito D’Rivera, and Kurt Elling. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
At 22, Ibanda Ruhumbika is quickly becoming one of the most recognized tuba players in the United States. A native of Athens, Georgia, he has won numerous national and international music competitions, in addition to being featured on several nation-wide television and radio broadcasts. Ibanda has been a soloist with members of the New York Philharmonic Brass Section as well as with "The President's Own" Marine Band. Classically trained, he is well versed in jazz and other styles of music. He is a member of Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band, where he is helping to revolutionize the role of the tuba in the modern-day jazz ensemble.
Joe Saylor is quickly being recognized as one of the most dynamic and exciting percussionists. Playing music since the age of three, Saylor has performed with jazz legends such as Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Dwayne Dolphin, Steve Wilson, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Slide Hamptom, and Ellis Marsalis. An avid advocate of music education, Saylor has conducted jazz education workshops at many of the country’s finest institutions, including Stanford University. In 2010, he was featured in the second season of HBO's hit show Tremé, a television series about the lives of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. Saylor is a member of the Stay Human Band and a graduate of both the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.
Barry Stephenson is an in-demand bassist in the New Orleans music scene as well as the southeastern region of the United States. Originally from Miami, FL, Barry studied at Florida State University with jazz bassist Rodney Jordan as well as the classical bass professor, Melanie Punter, and the legendary Marcus Roberts. After graduation, Barry was invited to participate, on a full scholarship, in the Centrum Jazz Workshop under the artistic direction on John Clayton. He then attended the University of New Orleans under the tutelage of Roland Guerin and participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead during the Spring of 2011 and 2013, the Steans Music Institute Program at Ravinia, and the Catskills Jazz Factory while in graduate school.
Stephenson has had the honor and privilege to swing out with such notable musicians as Albert “Tootie” Heath, Wynton, Branford, Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Herlin Riley, Wessell Anderson, Victor Goines, Henry Butler, Shannon Powell, Troy Davis, Trombone Shorty, Marc Cary, Nate Smith, Aaron Diehl, Maurice Brown, Quamon Fowler, Kermit Ruffins, Ricky Sebastian, Irvin Mayfield, Marcia Ball, and Marlon and Stephanie Jordan.
When he is not performing, teaching, composing, or practicing, Barry is playing with his funk band Barry Stephenson’s Pocket, his jazz trio Troika, and working on his debut album to be released in 2013.