Posted on 17 April 2015
by Dave Ruder
Building on last year’s performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale in Bryant Park, which brought together hundreds of brass, […]
Renowned jazz pianist and melodica player Jonathan Batiste leads a pick-up group of 25 jazz musicians, parading south from Columbus Circle playing melodicas (also known as “harmonaboards”) and stopping in at neighborhood landmarks.
The event is open to musicians of all ages, young and old, amateur and professional. The first 25 musicians to sign up will receive a free melodica for the event, courtesy of Hohner.
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 27, 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 Stay Human, 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.” Jon is the Artistic Director at-Large for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. His new album "Social Music" was released Oct 2013, and he is currently on his North American tour with Stay Human.