New Orleans pianist Jonathan Batiste and his band, Stay Human, which plays the Neptune Theatre Friday, present a free, in-store performance at the new SODO Silver Platters at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 2).
Batiste comes from a long line of Crescent City musicians that includes the late trumpeter Milton Batiste, former Treme Brass Band leader Lionel Batiste, producer Harold Batiste and distant relative (but close mentor) clarinetist Alvin Batiste. Jonathan left New Orleans to study at Juilliard, in New York, where he lives now, and his life is loosely the model for the character in the TV show, Treme, who learns to make peace between modern jazz and his father’s more traditional Mardi Gras Indian music.
It’s the right story. As a pianist, Batiste runs the gamut from classical and jazz to second line and electro dance beats, in the much same tradition as the great New Orleans “piano professor” Jelly Roll Morton, whose voice Batiste samples on his new album, “Social Music.” Batiste also plays melodica, a small, hand-held keyboard instrument activated by blowing into its mouthpiece. “Social Music” comes out Oct. 15.
Batiste currently serves as the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. His band, Stay Human, features Eddie Barbash on alto saxophone; Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba; and Joe Saylor on drums and tambourine.
Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human
7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 2), Silver Platters SODO, 2930 First Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-283-3472 or www.silverplatters.com).
8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 4), Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $30 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).