Here is an interesting artist that's new to me, and I wanted to share his music.

Jon Batiste is a musician Rok just introduced me to. From the first notes he played, I knew he was from Louisiana, with out knowing anything else about him.

Here's his bio

This is the tune Rok submitted;

It was one I will eagerly add to my collection. I thought I would share this with other music lovers seeking new artists.
My favorite:

He is from the right place with the right name and the right sensibilities.  

I have him with Jazz at Lincoln Center, 'The music of John Lewis'.   Will post it later.


He really is a special artist and one I was only faintly familiar with. After sampling his work it is evident that he certainly had his ear open to the work of Henry Roeland Byrd/Professor Long hair as all the great piano players of New Orleans adapted their style after, to some degree and payed their own homage to. After losing Dr John and Allan Toussaint it is really nice to see that Byrds style is still relevant amongst the up and coming artists carrying on that rich New Orleans tradition. Thanks for the heads up. Enjoy the music.

It's nice to have a connoisseur of "Nawlins" music join us.

I was really into Dr John and I know Nawlins is missing him a lot. I could hear Dr John in Jon Batiste's music; or maybe I heard someone farther down the lineage who preceded Dr John.

Tooblue, I hope you will post some music to further enlighten me to the Nawlins sound.

Where would we be without Wynton's band?  Too dreadful to consider.
 All these are from the CD:
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra  -- THE MUSIC OF JOHN LEWIS 
featuring Jon Batiste.    He plays piano on all tracks.

@orpheus10 , thanks for the kind words, don't know if they are deserved but here goes a few. Anything by Professor Longhair, especially Live On The Queen Mary which was just rereleased on vinyl, Allan Toussaints first and only jazz album The Bright Mississippi as well as Toussaints collaboration with Elvis Costello utilizing N.O.musicians as well as The Cresent City Horns, Dr John's Dr John plays Mac Rebennack vol 1 & 2. The interesting thing about Byrd is that he would cannibalize discarded pianos to build his own and they all had the same keys (most commonly used) worn out so he patterned his playing around the worn out keys, kind of in the vain of Hendrix learning to play a right handed guitar upside down. Enjoy the music
@rok2id , that is so true of Wynton and his brother as well. Trio Jeepy stands out for me as Branfords best work


Another +vote for these musicians from New Orleans. There is a wealth of excellent Jazz artists and bands from that scene.

Happy Listening!

Batiste is the musical director on Stephen Colbert's Late Show. You can see and hear Jon every weeknight at 11:35 PM!
Historical tidbit:

One of the clip's comments points out that the applause during Benny Bailey's solo was actually for Ella Fitzgerald entering the hall.   Wow!  You learn something everyday.

He's not new to me either,I see him on the late show every night.He is super talented.

I have Trio Jeepy and tons of Wynton.   Just received music from the original soundtrack of 'Bolden' (buddy)  by Wynton Marsalis.
Back to the dawn of Jazz.

The River in Reverse is the album I forgot to give the name of earlier, Toussaint and Costello collaboration.
Saw Jon Batiste at the Village Vanguard and it was mind blowingly good.
Thank you Rok... those links opened up hours of pure pleasure.
I was introduced to Batiste through Colbert's show.  He's a mind-blowing talent, steeped in knowledge of how the last 120 years rolled out.

He's also an incredibly admirable human being.
Great player,  not new to me and I absolutely like this:

Tooblue, I forgot that I have that album "The Bright Mississippi"; it most certainly personifies Nawlins music.

(I had a friend from New Orleans who told me the proper pronunciation was "Nawlins")

Here is the man who introduced me to Nawlins music;

Thanks for the musical info; I'll keep you informed as I check the rest of it.

Jon Batiste is really good and that is a good album. All the artist that have been mentioned that are from New Orleans,  not Nawlins Please, are or were excellent musicians and song writers. I'm surprised no one mentioned James Booker. He is up there with all the ones mentioned. But as someone who actually lives and works in New Orleans, it's like nails on a chalkboard when someone from Ohio or wherever says N'awlins.
If I were a big time nawlins musician, and I felt my time was near, I would leave town.

Today's Listen:

JLCO -- BOLDEN (Buddy)  music from the original soundtrack

Wynton and the band are perfect as usual.   Lord, they can play!   Some of the tunes get perilously close to dixieland.


If Dr. John says "N'awlins",   Nawlins it is.

The guy that told me "Nawlins" was born, raised and probably died in "New Orleans".  (proper for his obituary)

I looked it up, and some say it dis way while others say it dat way; since Rok is one of the specialists on dis subject, I'll let him decide the proper way, but it don't make no difference because we'll go along with anyway you like to say it.
Encountered during my you-tube travels:

He don't need no stinkin' band.

Brings to mind a young Jazz Aficionado traveling the back roads in the land of the Delta Blues, in his deuce and a quarter.

In Mississippi it's Nawlins.   Since Mississippi is the final arbiter on all things Suthun, that's it.


Wynton is probably the best "living" trumpet player, and he sure can play Nawlins music.

Although I’m a "jazz aficionado", my focus has been primarily on what emanated from the northern cities, consequently I neglected Nawlins, considering it "Dixie Land" which was outside of my universe at the time of my introduction to jazz, which was a long time ago (1955).

Now we all know what radio was like at that time, and everything from the south that was considered jazz was "Dixieland"; Consequently the wealth of music from New Orleans eluded me, now I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

Buddy Bolden is someone Nina Simone sang about, and this was my only awareness of Buddy Bolden.  New Orleans jazz is a new beginning for me.
I posted this on the other thread but it seems appropriate for this thread.


Dr John could pronounce it anyway he wanted. But when other people not from NOLA do they sound ridiculous 

Nikonnola, what do you think of the "Second line" at funerals?

So far, "Allen Toussaint's" music is the most interesting. I find the way he incorporates New Orleans history, musically, is something very few can do; I can hear Louis Armstrong, and the swagger of the "Second Line" in the music of "The Bright Mississippi".

I can also hear that Southern "Swing Blues", which is the Blues with that New Orleans lilt.
Lady Marmalade, the only person I actually know from new Orleans.

Git yo  ya ya here!

@rok2id , hey keep them samples coming, been real busy but what I have been able to sample has lit me up. Thanks
If you are interested in music from New Orleans you must own this one.   I remember the page the review was printed on in Stereo Review.   What a loss! (stereo review).

Classically trained with mental issues.    Cause and efffect???


Rok, this is the link to  "Lady Marmalade"

That's the same one I posted.   Not the same address, but same clip.
There is one done at the White House, but it's too 'Presidential".

Orpheus10, the Second lines even for funerals, are a celebratory event. I enjoy them. Unfortunately we've had too many recently with the passing of Art Neville, Dr John and Leah Chase
@nikonnola, thank you for mentioning Art Neville and Leah Chase, they will certainly be missed.

Nikonnola, New Orleans might be the only city in this entire country where successful musicians live in the "neighborhood" so to speak. Since you live there you might comment on that.

Dancing while crying at the same time; that's the "Second Line".
On the other hand.....

yeah, i would leave town.


Wassup fellas!  For yr consideration -
I purchased a CD by Hall and Oates just to get this tune.   If I had known this existed,  I would have saved my money.


Jon Cleary is another artist I never heard of. Without a doubt I will expand my collection considerably with these "new" New Orleans artists. He was so good I played him twice.

I guess crowd conduct is based on who is being interred.


Rok, the procession you posted was solemn and quite respectful as befitted the person to be interred.

It seems to me they knew what the person being interred would want the most; Dr. John,s was both garish, and raucous as he would have wanted it, as he lived. There might have even been several "Second Lines" honoring Dr. John.



That's what I meant.  Because this was New Orleans Royalty.

Rok, you and I prefer different facets of the the same diamond. Not that we don't like the diamond in it's entirety, we just have different favorites.