Watch Jon Batiste Start A #LoveRiot On The Streets Of Brooklyn [Exclusive Video + Photo Gallery]
The area around Brooklyn’s Bedford Avenue L train stop is hyperactive on a typical evening, but last night things turned into a full-on jazz party as New Orleans bandleader Jon Batiste brought his blend of infectious and mobile music to the streets and sidewalks. Backed by his Stay Human ensemble (along with his friend and fellow young jazz gun Kris Bowers on melodica), Batiste took over the entire avenue, marching to and fro in and out of restaurants, up onto apartment stoops, alongside parked cabs and anywhere else his feet chose to take him. A completely unannounced, surprise set, the roughly hour-long concert included originals of Batiste’s such as “Let God Lead” and classic swing standards the likes of “St. Louis Blues.” Okayplayer had our trusty photo-blogger correspondent (that’s me) on the scene in mere moments and captured Batiste and Stay Human in the heat of the action, and now you too can get peer into the heart of a Love Riot as it unfolds.
‘Love Riot’ is Batiste’s term for these guerilla concerts and the fact that they need a name all their speaks volumes about his knack for bringing his performances out from the stage’s confines and into an auditorium’s aisles (or even the streets themselves), in an interpolations of ’60s happenings and traditional New Orleans jazz funerals, a movement fueled by his band’s overflowing charisma and portable instrumentation. The 28 year-old jazz prodigy was only last week named the bandleader-to-be of CBS‘s rebooted Late Show, hosted by Stephen Colbert, and from all we can observe, the program is in great hands. Peruse an exclusive gallery of photos above and watch Batiste, the Stay Human band, Bowers (and some of the crowd) perform “St. Louis Blues” below.