Jon Batiste to Receive the American Jazz Museum 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award



Dr. Annalise Fonza
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Jon Batiste to Receive the American Jazz Museum  2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Friday, April 7, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo.) The American Jazz Museum (AJM) is thrilled to welcome nationally acclaimed Louisiana pianist, Jon Batiste, to accept its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony will take place in the Gem Theater on Friday, April 7, 2017, at 8:00pm, and it will conclude at 10:00pm.

The Jazz tradition is about expression, freedom, improvisation, innovation, and creativity. One of the most important aspects of Jazz is that it is carried it out with character, dignity, humility, and courage. Batiste is currently the house bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which currently claims the number one spot in late-night television, and he engages new demographics who may not have had the opportunity to be exposed to this amazing art form. Batiste’s significant strides in jazz at such a young age place him in historic company with other acclaimed artists, like Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.

The American Jazz Museum has presented the Lifetime Achievement Award since 2005. The purpose of the award is to recognize artists who have made exceptional and innovative contributions to Jazz and the art of live music; created greater accessibility and appreciation for Jazz and the art of live music; and increased the outreach of Jazz education. “Batiste is receiving this award because he has bridged the gap between twentieth century and twenty-first century Jazz. We are very proud of him and all musicians who have brought national and international acclaim to the American Jazz tradition,” said American Jazz Museum Executive Director Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner.

Born into a long line of celebrated musicians in Louisiana, Batiste grew up playing percussion in his family’s band before mastering the piano when he was 11 years old. He went on to receive both his undergraduate and master’s degrees at The Juilliard School. Today, Batiste performs internationally with his band Jon Batiste & Stay Human and he has collaborated with acclaimed musicians across various genres, including Stevie Wonder, and Prince, among others.  He is featured on a new album to be released in March 2017 honoring the music of John Lewis (founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet) with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Batiste, who now  resides in New York City, is known for taking his jaw-dropping music to the streets in his signature “love riots.” His debut 2015 studio album, Social Music reached #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album Chart. Batiste serves as the Artistic Director-at-Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, educating people about the museum and assisting with programming.  He is named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” and he is a Movado Future Legend Award recipient and one of the youngest Steinway Performing Artists of all time.

Indeed, this is an event that is not to be missed! During the ceremony, several notable local musicians will perform to honor Batiste. To learn more about the ceremony, other featured performers and musicians, and to stay informed as to Mr. Batiste’s visit to the American Jazz Museum, please go to, or call 816-474-8463. Tickets are $45 for the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, and they can be purchased online and at the door.