Jon Batiste and Stay Human will jazz up the Big Stars concert series
Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human — the house band on â€œThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert — will jazz up the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights line-up on Aug. 20 at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.
Jaw-dropping talent meets exuberant showmanship as Batiste and his contemporaries captivate crowds through his music. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and information: 435-655-3114 or http://www.BigStarsBrightNightsConcerts.org.
“An incredibly vibrant, mobile performer”(Time), Jon Batiste returns to Park City with a show that is equal parts charisma and musical chops. As spicy and richly textured as his native New Orleans, the jazzman and his New York City-based band of primarily Julliard contemporaries dish out a steamy concoction of everything from ragtime to funk.
“With a mission of bringing the joy of jazz to the masses” (New York Daily News), the 29 year-old Batiste and his band don’t just play the music — they live it, breathe it and, most importantly, share it, even on the subway, where they created a self-produced album.
It’s a sound described by a Washington Post reviewer as “pounding rhythms and lively melodies, deceptively finessed and firmly steeped in gospel and the blues.” Born and raised in a culture and family of jazz — and educated at the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as well as the Juilliard School — Batiste comes to the stage with innate artistry as well as fine-tuned technique.
His heritage is deeply rooted in New Orleans. His family’s connection to the music of the Crescent City was part of the inspiration for the HBO documentary “Treme” in which he appeared. Yet, he has also fused his musical background with the sounds and influences of a decade of living in the Big Apple, and serves as artistic director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. A New York Times reviewer, who caught Batiste’s act at the Newport Jazz Festival, described him as “fast-tracking toward heroism.”
Already, he has collaborated with everyone from Prince to Wynton Marsalis. And, since September, Batiste has served as bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. If you missed Jon Batiste’s performance at The Eccles Center in 2014, this is an opportunity to catch an incredible talent, a musician who is truly making jazz and its sister genres relevant for a new generation,” says Park City Institute Executive Director Teri Orr. “Jon Batiste is to harmonaboard what Jimi Hendrix was to guitar. And his band is just as impressive in its sheer artistry and ability to entertain.”
Park City Institute St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Summer Concert Series will present Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, the house band on the â€œLate Show with Stephen Colbert, at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $55. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.bigstarsbrightnightsconcerts.org or call 435-655-3114.
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