Blues was basically a secular version of what gospel music was.
At 28, musician Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. His modern take on the American songbook — equally influenced by his passion for jazz and classical styles, which he calls "Social Music" — attracts critical acclaim as well as audiences across all demographics. In a conversation with Walter Isaacson, the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, these two New Orleans natives will discuss Batiste's music, their hometown, the importance of music education, and the state and future of American musical traditions more broadly. Batiste demonstrates much of the music they discuss on his melodica.