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At the age of 26, Jon Batiste is only starting to show his potential to shape the development of popular music for generations to come. A true connoisseur of musical communication and tradition, Batiste is truly at his finest up close and personal whether he’s sharing his knowledge at the Jazz Museum in Harlem or starting a love riot in the streets of the Lower East Side. Today we discuss the development of his new genre of music entitled “social music” and his subsequent album of the same title with his Stay Human band that will drop on 10/15/13.

So you missed the Newport Jazz Festival this year. Maybe you’ve been before; maybe you have just heard about the epic amount of music that occurs there each year—but either way there is no need for us to sing the praises of the festival because by now that’s common knowledge. What we’ve got for you today is some live recordings from this year’s festival courtesy of the folks over at NPR Music, WBGO as well as others. Check out the recordings from the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival and be sure to make it out next year—it’s worth the trip.

The Jazz Museum in Harlem has been going through some renovations throughout the past few years, and now with associate artistic director Jonathan Batiste on board, things have been going better than ever. Batiste is a masterful musician and educator. In his role at the museum Batiste has implemented the Jazz Is: Now! program in which Batiste and his Stay Human Band (now touring Europe) deconstructs jazz music for fans going through the music and history. Also on board with the museum is legendary bassist Christian McBride who, along with Batiste and artistic director Loren Schoenberg, are preparing to open a new 10,000-square-foot facility for the museum across from the Apollo Theater on 125th Street. Check out the New York Times article below and be sure to follow the programs going on at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

It’s interesting because as time goes on, there’s always a new generation of players coming out. They always have something different to offer. Harlem is definitely a hub for a lot of the younger musicians. With the scene in general, there’s a resurgence in Harlem.