Jon Batiste to Receive Chamber Music America’s 2018 Visionary Award

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Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste

New York, NY (October 23, 2017)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, has named musician, educator, and bandleader Jon Batiste the recipient of its 2018 Visionary Award. Given annually, the Visionary Award recognizes chamber music professionals who are leading the field in creative thinking and innovation. CMA will honor Batiste at its Saturday Night Soirée on January 6, 2018 at The Westin New York at Times Square as part of its 40th Anniversary National Conference.

Batiste, born into a family of musicians in Kenner, Louisiana, received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano from The Juilliard School. He is recognized not only for his keyboard excellence but also for his virtuosity on the “harmonaboard” (a harmonica/keyboard hybrid) and as the bandleader of his group, Stay Human.

It is for his evolving career as a groundbreaking 21st-Century artist that Batiste is being honored with this award. He combines a demanding performance schedule—which often includes his signature, impromptu ‘love riot’ street parades—with his roles as bandleader of the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and artistic director-at-large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, as well as public speaking engagements, master classes, and occasional acting roles.

Batiste is also strongly committed to the education and mentoring of young musicians. “His work with aspiring artists, who represent the future of the art form, exemplifies Chamber Music America’s mission to develop, support, and strengthen the field,” commented Richard Kessler, chair of CMA’s board of directors.

Batiste has received numerous awards including the inaugural Benny Golson Award from the city of Philadelphia, the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Gordon Parks Award.

CMA’s Saturday Night Soirée will be hosted by jazz trumpeter, composer, and fellow Juilliard alumnus Etienne Charles. He will also perform at the event with the Grammy award-winning pianist and composer Billy Childs, who currently serves as president of CMA. Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite.

Chamber Music America, the national network for ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, support, and strengthen the chamber music field. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, a national conference, professional development seminars, access to instrument and other insurances, and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine; the weekly Accent e-newsletter; and a member-driven website, www.chamber-music.org.

For more information on CMA’s 40th Anniversary Conference, visit conference.chamber-music.org.