Our friends at Okayplayer recently made a pilgrimage to the Big Easy to capture the night that NOLA Bounce and Vogue came together at the New Orleans Wax Museum. Along the way, the Okayplayer team hung out with Mannie Fresh during a car and horse rally and also managed to sneak into Cafe Instabul to capture an intimate performance by pianist Jon Batiste & Stay Human. Batiste’s appearance in front of Okayplayer’s camera came at the heels of his New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival performance where the NOLA native rocked in front of a capacity crowd.

Jon Batiste & Stay Human: 'San Spirito' & 'Killing Me Softly'

The video that was magically captured by Okayplayer features Batiste and Stay Human performing a cut from their Social Music album titled “San Spirito” and Lauryn Hill/The Fugees’ rendition of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softy.” The first song features a lively solo from Stay Human’s leader who shows why he is one of jazz’s leading young pianist. Stay Human’s alto sax man, Eddie Barbash also has moments of sublimity, especially during the interlude between the melody and Batiste’s solo. As if “San Spirito” wasn’t enough of a treat, Stay Human’s cover of Lauryn Hill/The Fugees cover of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” definitely knocks the whole thing out the park. Describing the whole spectacle is Okayplayer’s editor-in-chief, Eddie “Stats”:

“We basically snuck into Stay Human’s soundcheck at Cafe Istanbul and knocked out this Okay Acoustic on-camera session just as a small crowd of early birds began to shuffle in–you can hear their applause in the background–capturing an intimate performance of Batiste’s original composition ‘San Spirito’ which he slowly conjured into a cover of ‘Killing me Softly,’ looking every inch the magician he is in his glittering jacket under the crimson and purple lights. In case you had any doubts that Stay Human was covering Lauryn Hill/The Fugees (as opposed to Roberta Flack) Batiste and disciples weave in a few chords of Enya‘s haunting contribution to ‘Ready Or Not’ before drawing for the melodica to bring the composition 360′ back home.”

Get the full scoop and more at Okayplayer.

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