Jon Batiste taps the piano’s rhythmic character with confidence and style

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Jon Batiste’s trademark harmonaboard will make an appearance at this year’s festival

If you’re used to seeing the Louisiana-born singer, bandleader, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste leading his versatile soul-jazz-rock ensemble Stay Human on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you’re in for a surprise when it comes to his two Spoleto performances. The opening night set will be a solo show, featuring Batiste on piano (and probably his trademark harmonaboard, a melodica-style handheld keyboard-harmonica), performing songs from a new, as-yet untitled album that’s a collaboration between himself and producer/songwriter T-Bone Burnett (Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Gillian Welch, Brandi Carlile, and dozens of others).

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