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Jon Batiste gives jazz a loose interpretation

Jon Batiste gives jazz a loose interpretation

Though his music is steeped in the sound of New Orleans, keyboardist Jon Batiste may be better described as a community organizer than a jazz musician. In fact, he'd probably prefer it that way.

Hailing from a long line of Crescent City musicians, the 27-year-old Batiste released his first album at just 17, a recording that featured jazz favorites Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison Jr. and Christian Scott. Though that hints toward Batiste's understanding of a specific style of music, his latest album with his band Stay Human is more difficult to pin down.

Released last fall, the record makes room for candlelight solo piano ventures ("D-Flat Movement"), gospel-infused...

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