Jon Batiste Can't Keep His Fingers Off The Piano : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Joining us from The Late Show studio, Batiste spontaneously starts playing piano during a conversation about his role on the show, composing for the Disney/Pixar film Soul, and his own latest album.
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Jon Batiste on World Cafe

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Jon Batiste Can't Keep His Fingers Off The Piano

Jon Batiste Can't Keep His Fingers Off The Piano

Jon Batiste on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "I Need You" (recorded live for World Cafe)
  • "Freedom"
  • "We Are"
  • "Lift Every Voice and Sing / The Star Spangled Banner" (recorded live for World Cafe)
  • "Born to Play"

Considering how busy Jon Batiste has been – what with being the bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, composing the award-winning soundtrack to the Disney/Pixar film Soul and releasing his own record – you might be astonished at just how chilled out he is in conversation. We recorded this interview over video chat, and he was seated at the piano in the studio where he's been taping The Late Show. At one point, Batiste absent-mindedly starts playing piano while he's answering a question, but you'll also hear him play very intentionally, including two live cuts recorded just for World Cafe.

Stream the session in the audio player or enjoy an extended video performance, recorded live for WXPN's Free at Noon Concert.

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