Newport Jazz Festival: Jon Batiste And Stay Human Live

Airs Monday, June 9 at 8 p.m. A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jonathan Batiste has a natural entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He now lives in New York — he met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. But Stay Human is named for its dedication to live music magic, which results in second-line-style parades in the subways and through the Lower East Side. It's perfect for Newport's festive ssetting — and yes, there's a tuba.


Jonathan Batiste, piano/melodica/voice
Eddie Barbash, alto sax
Ibanda Ruhumbika, tuba
Philip Kuehn, bass
Joe Saylor, drums

Set List:

Star-Spangled Banner
Red Beans (Batiste)
Killing Me Softly with His Song (Fox, Gimbel)
On the Sunny Side of the Street (McHugh, Fields)
St. James Infirmary Blues (Trad.)
The Entertainer (Joplin)
Floor Tom
Why You Gotta
Amazing Grace (Trad.)