Posted on 10 February 2014
MMNY is thrilled to announce that this year, four MMNY Fellows are joining our team from February to June to […]
Renowned jazz pianist and melodica player Jonathan Batiste leads a pick-up group of 25 jazz musicians, parading down Harlem’s 125th Street playing melodicas (also known as “harmonaboards”) and stopping in at neighborhood landmarks.
Melodicas generously provided by Hohner.
Read the New York Daily News preview of the event.
Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Jonathan Batiste 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 only 26, he has performed in over 40 countries, playing at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Concertgebouw and the 2008 edition of Make Music New York. Batiste has collaborated with Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Mark O’Connor and Asher Roth. He is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit – which they take to concert halls as well as subways. A television and film regular, he has also been featured on the HBO series "Treme,” BET and recently in Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer.”