Jon Batiste Performs “Don't Stop” and “What A Wonderful World” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
- American musician Jon Batiste, who is known as a bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performed “Don't Stop” and “What A Wonderful World” on the program.
A couple of songs are included on his upcoming album "Hollywood Africans", which is out September 28, 2018.
“Don't Stop” was released back in July, a music video for the song, directed by Jon Batiste and Marissa Mullen, was dropped in August.
Before the performance, “T. Bone Burnett and I produced it together in a church that was converted into a studio in my hometown in New Orleans,” he said. “The piano was in the middle of the room and we cut the lights out. [It was] completely pitch black for about three days, and I just tried to channel the heroes, you know, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, through the instrument and become vulnerable in the room and let my truth come out of the instrument.”
“These days, stuff is very, very tough to deal with,” he continued. “And I want people to have a meditation that doesn’t result in despair but in hope.”
The original of “What A Wonderful World” was released by Louis Armstrong in 1967, written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.
He said of the song, “meditate on the beauty and grandeur of the celestial ball in the middle of space that we live on, called Earth; it’s a beautiful place to be.”
- source : Rolling Stone