About Jon Batiste
Bandleader of the acclaimed jazz group Stay Human, Jon Batiste is a musician, composer, and entertainer also known for his award-winning music for the animated movie Soul.
∙ Formed in the early 2000s, Batiste’s Juilliard-born group Stay Human recorded their 2011 debut EP, My N.Y., entirely on a New York City subway.
∙ In 2011, he was cast in a starring role in the Emmy-nominated TV series Treme.
∙ Beginning with Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, he is credited as a composer and/or musical performer on more than 15 film and TV scores and soundtracks since 2012.
∙ He first entered the Billboard 200 with Stay Human’s full-length debut, Social Music, which also topped the Jazz Albums chart in 2014.
∙ Stay Human was chosen as the house band for TV’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with Batiste as musical director, in 2015.
∙ In honor of his contributions to contemporary jazz, the American Jazz Museum presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
∙ He’s been nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Best American Roots Performance (2018), Best New Age Album (2020), and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (2020).
∙ In 2021, along with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Batiste won the Best Original Score Golden Globe Award for Soul, the animated film that used his playing for visual inspiration.
BORNNovember 11, 1986