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Jon Batiste: 8Track

8Track with guest DJ Jon Batiste

8Track with guest DJ Jon Batiste

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Growing up in a musical family in Louisiana, Jon Batiste seemed destined for the success he’s experienced over the last couple of years. Recently, he received a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for his work on the score to the film "Soul," and Batiste also just released his latest album called We Are to rave reviews. Oh, and you can also see him every night as the bandleader for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."

To say that Jon was the perfect guest for 8Track does not do him or that statement justice. Listening to him speak so specifically about musical composition and the creation of art is inspiring. It’s hard not to get caught up in his infectious energy while he’s praising the work of other artists whose songs he chose to play. Throw in some spontaneous live performances as he sat at the piano during our conversation and you have one extremely memorable show.

  • Ray Charles - "It Makes No Difference Now"
  • Lee Dorsey - "The Greatest Love"
  • Kendrick Lamar - "i"
  • Jon Batiste, Gary Clark Jr. & Leon Bridges - "Ohio"
  • Nina Simone - "Sinnerman"
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - "This Land Is Your Land"
  • Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney - "FourFiveSeconds"
  • The Staple Singers - "Freedom Highway"

[Recorded: 3/24/21; Engineer: Jim O'Hara; Producer: Sarah Wardrop; Theme music: Caroline Rose]