@jonbatiste Jon Batiste

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Sneak peak for tonight on @cbstv . Join me in honoring an American icon on “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero” tonight at 10pm/9c on @CBS and @CBSAllAccess . The one-hour special, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Brad Pitt, and feature unique pairings and performances by Yolanda Adams, Jon Batiste, Common, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Trevor Noah, Pharrell, Billy Porter and Wynonna. #JohnLewisCelebration

4 days ago

Although the Newport Folk festival can’t happen in person this year, the Newport Revival Radio will highlight the best @newportfolkfest moments, including the closing set I led two years ago entitled ‘A Change is Gonna Come' 🙏🏾💎 Tune in tomorrow at 6:28PM EST to hear it 🖤Listen to NewportFolkRevivalRadio on @TuneIn , @WFUV , @mvyradio , @WEXTRadio , or newportfolk.org. #folktogether #folkon #weare

5 days ago

I was honored to not only perform the anthem for this unique re-opening of the NBA season but to share a special arrangement infusing both the national anthem and the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, with the NBA and its viewers. Both are equally important to the historical context of this nation and bringing them together represents a powerful metaphor for the collective strength of the American people. I call it Our National Anthem (free sheet music link in bio ). The anthems connect us to those whose shoulders we stand on and this performance represents a solidarity with all who have marched and a defiance to continue fighting for our freedom. I applaud all the players for making a statement on the court, following the example of many our hero’s—both past and present In a time when there is a collective outcry to re-examine national symbols and their origins, and generate more honest and inclusive narratives around works like the Star-Spangled Banner, these efforts are often met with pushback. My rendition of “our” national anthem speaks to the moment and is a representation of what this country is grappling with in real time. In addition to blending the two anthems into one, I wanted to pay homage to some of the more unique and memorable performances of the anthem by Black musicians, including Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix. Being that it’s a Pelicans game and I’m from New Orleans, I wanted to pay homage to by including the sound of bounce music and the African 6/8 rhythm. Our National Anthem sheet music is available online for all instrumentation and voices. Link in my bio #WeAre #OurAnthem #nba

2 weeks ago

Late night inspirations are the best “I sing because I’m happy I sing because I’m free”

2 weeks ago

All-Time high scorers #weare

3 weeks ago

God has a way signaling a shift into a new season of time. This tumultuous era is an invitation for us to take heed of the lessons of our ancestors and step into our greatness. The passing of CTV And JL (on the same day ) is a major signal for us as we step into a new era. It’s a spiritual signifier—a changing of the guard. Are we willing to learn, understand and emulate the best of us as we define this new era in time? #weare

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Thank you Mr. Lewis 🙏🏾🖤 I gained so much from every exchange we shared, from every speech I read or heard and from watching you from afar before we ever met. Your life is proof for us of what is possible when we channel the most profound attributes of our humanity towards the pursuit of justice and goodness for all. It’s proof that we can withstand any force formed against us and still maintain our inner strength with grace and dignity. It’s inspiration for us all to believe that the hand of God on our lives will lead us unto extraordinary things if we trust it. We can heal and uplift others whilst also combating and dismantling oppressive forces. We can walk in love and we can stand for freedom at the same time. We will keep marching on based on your example. We will continue to lift every voice, knowing that truth and beauty is somewhere out there for us all. We are the chosen ones for this time. Lets get into more #goodtrouble #weare

3 weeks ago

@camanpour @amanpourcopbs lift every voice and sing #vibilations 💎

3 weeks ago

In @time today ✊🏾🖤 A History of the Newly Resurgent 'Black National Anthem' (link in my story ) [📸 : Ira L. Black/Corbis]

4 weeks ago

Lulu energy #vibilations ✌🏾

4 weeks ago

Icons STILL among us. “Hate is too heavy a burden to bear”

4 weeks ago

American institution

5 weeks ago

changing world history one note at a time

5 weeks ago

Today @suleikajaouad is 32! ❤️ When we met she was 13. 😭 So many stories-many more to come. Also, her book is available for pre-order today and it’s entitled “Between Two Kingdoms” 📖 So, this evening’s PSA is as follows: 🗣 GO PRE-ORDER HER BOOK NOW AND WISH HER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! (Link in my story )

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Today is the day Louis Armstrong believed he was born (Yes, I know about the August 4 date as well ). In celebration of a true American hero here are some recommendations that will give you some spiritual uplift for your 4th. Listen to his music today, all day and night on @wkcr .ORG or WKCR FM in NY. The great book “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years” by @dippermouth Immediately go follow the @louisarmstronghouse 🖤🇺🇸

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independence is joy personified

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Join me tomorrow 7/2 at 9PM ET on Public Access 🌐 the FOUR/FOUR DANCE HOUR benefitting the @verainstitute , an org that aims to secure equal justice for all & end mass incarceration, with @fourfourpresents matching the max number of episode viewers with a donation. This latest installment will feature more than 25 dancers in all + guest Dance Archive curation from @kyle_abraham_original_recipe . 📽 And the week’s dance programming begins tonight on PA, with 0RPHAN DRIFT presenting @hopemohrdance at 9PM Tune in at publicrecords.tv

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Thanks @essencefest and @pixarsoul team. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the music I composed for #PixarSoul .

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In @nytimes today ✊🏾🖤 (link in my story ) 📸 @hiroko .masuike

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Happy birthday Willie Mae Ford Smith! I got on my church blazer for y’all. Sunday best on a Tuesday 🖤✊🏾

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Happy Father’s Day! This is my dad 👑

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Thank God for @_mattwhitaker 🖤 (🙏🏾 @singforhope @bklynlibrary @headcountorg @moonmanpro ) “This morning, I woke up Feeling brand new and I jumped up Feeling my highs, and my lows In my soul, and my goals” #weare #blm

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Our recent WE ARE protest and revival raised donations and registered people to vote, on site, while lifting peoples’ spirits with music. We will continue this movement tonight in celebration of Juneteenth, a day of hard-fought, preordained independence for Black Americans. On the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza @_mattwhitaker and I will play two @singforhope pianos in celebration of our ancestors, in an effort to inspire real change in this country through voting and civic engagement. We will chant in for justice in solidarity for Black Lives, celebrate in jubilant song and remember the liberation of our ancestors, all while encouraging people to use their voice in the voting booth. Juneteenth, that glorious day in 1865 when Black Americans were finally liberated in Galveston, Texas, even though the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and a half years prior. WE ARE grateful for their sacrifices and WE ARE the chosen ones to carry on their legacy. #WeAre #blm