BlackBook Premiere: Jon Batiste and Stay Human’s ‘Express Yourself (Say Yes)’

"The arts and the many different cultural traditions of the world are a testament to the profound power and meaning of self expression. Express yourself today!” says Jon Batiste, the 26-year-old musician and old school entertainer with talent oozing from his fingertips. The New Orleans-native, hailing from a family with a muscular musical linage, gives jazz a modern twist and urban flair that beats heavy with heart and the true pleasure of entertainment.

And with his musical collective, Stay Human—which he formed with fellow musicians he met while studying at Juilliard—their new album Social Music is set to premiere on October 15th. Boasting the charisma of someone truly impassioned by his skill, Batiste’s music untethers itself to the restrictions of genre with tunes that vary from the classical to the beat-fueled, in a way that’s not only rare but unique in its sensibility. Speaking to the new album, Batiste told us:
This album is one that is meant to be the soundtrack to your life. All of the songs flow together as one, making the statement of what social music is all about. The goal of the album is to also give the listener something to take away from the live stay human experience to share with others. The musical approach was to create a montage of many different music traditions, all played with the spirit of inclusiveness. It establishes what ‘social music’ is as a genre.”
And today we have the new track “Express Yourself” for you to crank up and enjoy. Take a listen below and check out more HERE.

Jon Batiste and Stay Human 2013 Tour Dates:
10/3 Olympia, WA — Washington Center for Performing Arts
10/4 Seattle, WA — Neptune Theatre
10/5 Bellingham, WA — Mount Baker Theatre
10/9 Mesa, AZ — Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theatre, WAS Mesa Arts
10/12 New York, NY — Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
10/15 Calgary, Canada — Jack Singer Concert Hall
10/18 Northridge, CA — Great Hall, Valley Performing Arts Center
10/19 Irvine, CA — Cheng Hall 
10/23 Carmel, CA — Sunset Theatre
10/24 Livermore, CA — Bankhead Theatre
10/26 Rohnert Park, CA — Weill Hall, Green Music Center
10/27 Stanford, CA — Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University 
11/1 Fort Collins, CO — Lincoln Center Performance Hall
11/2 Parker, CO — Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center
11/7 Tucson, AZ — Hotel Congress

Photo by Peter Lueders


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