A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jon Batiste has a natural entertainer’s charisma and chops to match. He met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do “modern jazz” with a metropolitan attitude. And yes, there’s a tuba.
One gets the sense that the pianist feels completely at ease with his Experiment quartet, running his right hand in circles, cracking jokes and switching directions on the fly. Hear a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from the hip-hop hybrid band, with a Herbie Hancock tune followed by a Daft Punk cover.