At 25, Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. A “Movado Future Legend” award recipient, and a “Steinway Performing Artist”, Jon has performed in innumerable prestigious events and venues across the world. His modern take on the American songbook, through the channels of a virtuosic pedigree in jazz and classical music, is attracting critical acclaim as well as audiences across all demographics. Together with his band Stay Human, Jon is creating a unique grassroots movement that encourages accessibility and appreciation in the art of the live performance. Apart from his natural focus, Jon is also a noted advocate for music education (Traveling Ambassador for Music Unites, Associate Artistic Director for the National Jazz Museum) and a regular figure in television and film (HBO’s Treme, Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer”).
At 23, Eddie Barbash is one of the most exciting, sought-after young alto saxophonists of his generation. He has performed at major clubs and festivals worldwide, principally as a member of the Stay Human Band, but also as a multi-reed man for drummer legend Chico Hamilton in Chico’s sextet, Euphoria. In 2009 he founded The Tres Amigos, a sax-guitar-accordion trio that performs diverse repertoire using close-harmony vocal arrangements and instrumental improvisation. Eddie has performed with a range of artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Terrence Blanchard, Paquito D’Rivera, and Kurt Elling. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
At 22, Ibanda Ruhumbika is quickly becoming one of the most recognized tuba players in the United States. A native of Athens, Georgia, he has won numerous national and international music competitions, in addition to being featured on several nation-wide television and radio broadcasts. Ibanda has been a soloist with members of the New York Philharmonic Brass Section as well as with “The President’s Own” Marine Band. Classically trained, he is well versed in jazz and other styles of music. He is a member of Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band, where he is helping to revolutionize the role of the tuba in the modern-day jazz ensemble.
Joe Saylor is quickly being recognized as one of the most dynamic and exciting percussionists. Playing music since the age of three, Saylor has performed with jazz legends such as Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Dwayne Dolphin, Steve Wilson, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Slide Hamptom, and Ellis Marsalis. An avid advocate of music education, Saylor has conducted jazz education workshops at many of the country’s finest institutions, including Stanford University. In 2010, he was featured in the second season of HBO’s hit show Tremé, a television series about the lives of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. Saylor is a member of the Stay Human Band and a graduate of both the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.