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Jon Batiste is a virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, record producer, educator and actor. Born in New Orleans and with a masters degree from Julliard, a week nightly gig as musical director on The Late Show with Steven Colbert, he has a deep and distinguished lineage in New Orleans' musical family and entertainment credentials to beat the band. He's also one of the musical minds behidn the music of Pixar's new animated film Soul.  This month's In Tune cover story covers it all.

Also in this month's In Tune:

Music News: Announcing the GRAMMY In The Schools Fest, Live Virtual Performance Goes to China, Philly's Sigma Studios Receives Historic Status, and more!...

Players: Michael Cleary

The Write Stuff: Writers Block

Icon: Ornette Coleman

Influences: Alesso to James Brown

Careers: Linda Lesperance, Human Resources at Gibson Guitars

Learning New Songs: How to play The Strokes' "Last Nite"

Classic Album Covers: Led Zeppelin

  • A country songwriter with a sprinkle of Los Angeles attitude has made Kelsea Ballerini so much more than the comparisons to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.

  • Released in November of 2001, “Last Nite” is the seventh track and the second single from The Strokes’ debut album Is This It.

  • Gibson Guitars’ Human Resources Business Partner Linda Lesperance leads her company’s effort to find and train new guitar makers (called “luthiers.”) In so doing, her career in music is to help others find theirs.

  • Live performance webcasting has become a popular option for musicians unable to play live during the pandemic.

Activity plans for this month’s features

Techniques: Chord Inversions
Learning how to do more with chords

Kelsea Ballerini: Songwriter/Singer
Committed to expressing her own voice in country, Kelsea Ballerini dedicated herself to songwriting long before it brought her into the spotlight.

To Zoom and Beyond: Webcasting music performances on the internet has become not only fashionable, but a necessity as the pandemic has closed live music venues and taken artists off the road. Anyone can do it, but doing it well takes some tips, tricks and a few pieces of gear.

Learning New Songs:
“Last Nite” by The Strokes


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  1. All I Need (with Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign) Jacob Collier & Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign 4:04
  2. Lucky Njomza 3:22
  3. Beautiful Jay Sean 3:44
  4. Anseo Denise Chaila 2:35
  5. We Can't Stop Loving Twan Ray 2:37
  6. 01 Amusement Park 4:17
  7. Cool Dry Place Katy Kirby 5:01
  8. Shoes to Fill Halle Kearns 3:06
  9. Pueblo Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes 2:02
  10. 03 Niko-Polka, Op. 228 3:04

  1. Nu Wij Niet Meer Praten Jaap Reesema & Pommelien Thijs 3:12
  2. Fever Dua Lipa & Angele 2:37
  3. Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) Joel Corry 2:46
  4. Get Out My Head Shane Codd 3:25
  5. Sweet Melody Little Mix 3:34
  6. Anyone Justin Bieber 3:11
  7. I Hope Gabby Barrett 3:29
  8. Blinding Lights The Weeknd 3:22
  9. Levitating (feat. DaBaby) Dua Lipa 3:23
  10. SO DONE The Kid LAROI 2:07
  11. Bang! AJR 2:51
  12. Fly Away Tones And I 2:58
  13. No Time For Tears Nathan Dawe x Little Mix 3:17
  14. Afterglow Ed Sheeran 3:06
  15. willow Taylor Swift 3:35