Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Jon Batiste on September 21 at 7:30pm, the first offering of its diverse and innovative 2018-19 season.
Eclectic jazz musician and charismatic bandleader for Stay Human, the house band for CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste makes his Musco Center debut. The New Orleans-bred, New York-based musician, educator, and humanitarian will share his virtuosic music style during this intimate performance, singing and playing piano, keyboards, and his signature harmonaboard in Musco’s state-of-the-art concert hall.
“Jon Batiste is an ambassador for the future of jazz, and his performance will set the tone for an incredible season ahead,” said Musco Center Executive Director, Richard T. Bryant. “He is an undeniably charming and gifted performer. We’re thrilled to present Mr. Batiste as Musco Center continues to attract artists at the forefront of their craft.”
With numerous industry accolades including a 2016 nod as one of Forbes “30 Under 30: Music” and currently serving as the co-artistic director for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Batiste began his musical training as child. Born into a celebrated lineage of Louisiana musicians, he went on to attend the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts then The Juilliard School in New York City, where he formed the ensemble, Stay Human. The group garnered national attention with spontaneous subway and street side performances throughout New York, which eventually led Batiste and Stay Human to The Late Show stage.
Praised for his unique fusion of jazz, gospel, pop, and R&B, Mr. Batiste’s discography includes The Late Show EP, which debuted at number three on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart, and an upcoming solo album, Hollywood Africans, due for release September 28. Jon Batiste is a worldwide touring artist and global educator, and strong proponent of human interaction during a live performance. “It was a jam, with audience members dancing, cheering and clapping along,” TheArtofLA wrote.
With a reputation for generating joyful audience connections, Batiste’s sound will resonate throughout Musco’s acoustically advanced performance space.
Tickets for September 21 are on sale now for $25-55 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at www.muscocenter.org or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.
ABOUT MUSCO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times.
Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California.
For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.muscocenter.org.