Jon Batiste

American cross-genre musician

Jonathan Michael "Jon" Batiste (born November 11, 1986) is an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and bandleader. Batiste is known for being the music director and bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[1] He has won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Grammy Award for co-composing the score of Disney Pixar Soul (2020).[2] In 2022, he won five Grammy Awards for his album We Are.[3]

Jon Batiste
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Background information
Birth nameJonathan Michael Batiste
Born (1986-11-11) November 11, 1986 (age 35)
Kenner, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresJazz, blues, pop music, rock, soul, R&B, funk, hip hop, classical
Occupation(s)Singer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, comedian
InstrumentsPiano, voice, melodica, electric bass, Hammond Organ
Years active1998–present

Batiste is married to journalist and author Suleika Jaouad since 2022.[4]


  1. "And Stephen Colbert's new 'Late Show' bandleader is…".
  2. Burlingame, Jon (April 26, 2021). "'Soul' Wins Best Score Oscar, Making Jon Batiste the Second Black Composer to Receive Award".
  3. Sisario, Ben (2021-11-23). "Jon Batiste and Young Chart-Toppers Lead 2022 Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  4. Morgan, David (April 3, 2022). "Jon Batiste, Suleika Jaouad announce they were secretly married". CBS News. Retrieved April 3, 2022.

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