New ‘Late Show’ Bandleader Jon Batiste Shares the History of Jazz

June 9, 2015 / No Comments

Jonathan+Batiste+i7636eFZrWomThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently named gifted and charismatic New Orleans jazz musician Jon Batiste as bandleader. At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Batiste sat down with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson for a lively conversation that was part performance and part discussion (watch Batiste and Isaacson join in song at the 44:15 mark). They talked about the roots of jazz, their hometown of New Orleans, the importance of arts education, and the state and future of American musical traditions.

Source: Huffington Post