2:00PM: Drum Circle
3:00PM: Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks with Jon Batiste
4:30PM: Members of the Dap-Kings and Stay Human with Don Flamingo, Avenue, and Kris Kasanova
6:00PM: Jon Batiste and Stay Human with the Havana Roots Collective
Curated by Jon Batiste with a featured headline performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human, this year’s lineup boasts an eclectic mix of influential musicians including Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, members of The Dap-Kings, Havana Roots Collective, and Batiste’s band, Stay Human. The day-long event will conclude with Batiste’s signature ‘love riot’ street parade. The festival will channel the rich jazz influences of Armstrong through a variety of musical genres, staying true to his mantra that “You gotta listen to all types of music.”
In addition to music, attendees can enjoy the various Backyard Bash activities and an outdoor haven of music, arts, and food. The family-friendly gathering has includes Big Apple Circus, live DJ’s, New York Hall of Science Exhibit, face painting, and Bringing the Beat with Talujon Percussion Ensemble. The New York Times raves you can “toot your horn to celebrate a legend.”
Jon Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. Recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style, Jon transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique “social music” experiences all over the world. Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Batiste eventually went on to receive both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in piano from the Juilliard School and formed his band, Stay Human.
The Forbes 30 under 30 honoree balances a demanding performance schedule—which often includes his signature, impromptu ‘love riot’ street parades—with his role as bandleader with the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Artistic Director At Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, public speaking engagements, master classes and occasional acting gigs. He played himself on the HBO series Treme and most recently appeared in director Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer.
The New York City-based musician has released several self-produced independent albums, including MY N.Y. which was recorded entirely on the street corners and subways of NYC and Jazz is Now featuring his singular approach to jazz standards and jazz composition in the classic piano trio format. Jon’s only label partnership to date occurred when he partnered with Razor & Tie, the small Greenwich village based record label, for his 2013 release entitled “Social Music” which went on to spend over a month atop the both Billboard Jazz charts and iTunes Jazz charts as the #1 jazz album in the world. Most recently, he released a new album with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis entitled The Music of John Lewis. It features material written by John Lewis, best known as the pianist and musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Jon is also a coveted artist brand ambassador– currently featured in ad campaigns for Chase Bank, the Apple Watch, Lincoln Continental and numerous fashion brands including Polo Ralph Lauren Black Label, Frye, Kate Spade, Jack Spade Barneys, Nordstrom and H&M. He has worked with, among others, Bruce Weber and Annie Leibowitz and his personal style has been profiled in numerous fashion publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, CR Fashion Book, Esquire, Interview, and Vogue.
He is strongly committed to the education and mentoring of young musicians. He has led his own Social Music Residency and Mentoring Program sponsored by Chase, as well as hundreds of master classes throughout the world. He has also led several cultural exchanges beginning in 2006 when he led a cultural exchange program with the Netherlands Trust bringing students from the USA and Holland to perform with him at both The Royal Concert Gebouw and Carnegie Hall.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, bandleader Vince Giordano began his odyssey into the world of music at the age of five. The discovery of a slew of 78 rpm records in his grandmother’s attic ignited the flame, and since then Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have won renown on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and 1930s jazz and popular music.
Formed in 1976, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) this dynamic band has been booked for black tie galas at the New York Public Library, the Waldorf Astoria, the Rainbow Room and many private events for the patrons of the NY Pops, NYC Opera, NYC Ballet and countless charitable organizations as well as performances at the Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jazz Festivals around the world. The band has also been both onscreen and in the studio for Gus Van Sant’s film Finding Forrester; in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; and Sam Mendes’ film Revolutionary Road.
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks have been nominated for a 2012 Grammy forbest compilation for visual media for their work on BOARDWALK EMPIRE Volume 1 – Music from the HBO Original Series CD. Vince and the Nighthawks have also been on-screen actors in Martin Scorsese’s award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and will be bringing their authentic brand of old school jazz to the Festival.
While other artists have ridden the waves of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings bypass the hype-and-hit superhighway and take a detour straight to the hearts of their listeners, delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding fan base. The band has traveled the world for more than a decade, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings.
From their first album, Dap-Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, to their recent collection of holiday standards and originals, It’s a Holiday Soul Party!, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have defined the sound of modern soul. In 2014, the band was nominated for a Grammy for their album Give The People What They Want and 2016 saw the theatrical release and critical success of Miss Sharon Jones!, a documentary about Sharon’s battle with pancreatic cancer that inspired moviegoers worldwide.
Sadly, the band’s powerhouse singer, Sharon Jones, passed away in November 2016.
Joining members of the Dap-Kings on their set will be freestyle rappers Don Flamingo, Avenue, and Kris Kasanova.
Musicians from the Dap-Kings and freestyle rappers from New York, New Orleans and Boston embrace the inclusive, bridge-building spirit of the man who believed that what we play is life. This set promises to be adventurous and improvisational, a cross-community celebration embodying Armstrong’s notion that you should “never play anything the same way twice.”