General Info Members: Jon Batiste - Piano, melodica. Eddie Barbash - Saxophone. Ibanda Ruhumbika - Tuba. Joe Saylor - Percussion
Biography: 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. 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”). (source) Beyond Batiste the band is filled out by a trio of young extremely talented musicians. Tuba player Ibanda Rumbika is a classically trained musician who is hoping to transform the use of the tuba in jazz music. Saxophonist Eddie Barbash who, aside from having a really rad last name is becoming one of the states top jazz saxophonist. Seriously check this dude out in the group Euphoria. The group is rounded out by percussionist Joe Saylor is also a classically trained musician graduating from both The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. (summary of source above)
Genre:Jazz Similar Artists: Similar Bonnaroo Artists: There is not a whole lot of Jazz on this years lineup, but High and Mighty Brass Band is similar enough, as is Big Sam's Funky Nation. Also if you like Lake Street Dive you will probably like Jon Batiste too. To summarize its like if Big Sam's Funky Nation and Lake Street Dive made sweet sweet love. And 9 months later you get his wonderful act.
Because what's not to love about a New Orleans Style Parade in NYC with Wycliffe
Not the best sound recording, but I feel like it represents there energy.
Physical Reaction/Live Show To be honest this is going to be a lovely way to start a Friday that will have so much loud music it will be nice to ease your way into a, hopefully, beautiful Bonnaroo day. I cannot say enough about Jon Batiste. He is an absolute killer pianist and his voice will make your knees shake. The entire band is full of fabulous musicians. You will not be disappointed if you attend.
Interesting Facts I would cry if these guys, High and Mighty Brass Band, and Big Sam's Funky Nation did any sort of parade. It would be a sight to see.
Personal Notes I didn't find Jon Batiste and Stay Human until they showed up on the initial lineup. As I was exploring I heard a jazz group with a tuba player who had the sound of a classical tubist and the chops of a real jazzer. When I looked them up I saw Ibanda was playing tuba with them. I heard him the first time at a tuba competition, nerdy I know, in 2007, which he won. He is just a killer player.
Notes: Another reason I am such a huge fan of this group is because of all the work they do for music education. As a person with a music education degree and is currently pursuing a career in Higher Education, specifically teaching and playing tuba, it is a joy to hear people my age making music at this high of a quality.
Post by billypilgrim on May 19, 2014 14:24:29 GMT -5
Very excited for this show. I'd never heard of him before the lineup either and, before figuring out who he was, was waffling horribly on how to start my Friday. Vintage Trouble, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and La Santa Ceclia were all attractive options. But the level of musicianship at this show is going to be crazy and everyone says he's an amazing performer. So after brunch, I'm heading to see this guy do this show at This Tent.