Jon Batiste on his ‘Sesame Street’ appearance: ‘A dream come true. I cried all day’ | Keith Spera


Winning an Oscar was undoubtedly exciting for Kenner native Jon Batiste. But it seems really excited about her next appearance on “Sesame Street”.

“A dream come true,” he tweeted recently. “I cried all day. So much healing energy and life force on Sesame Street. Loved stopping in my favorite neighborhood! Don’t miss my visit to … ‘where the air is soft.'”

Batiste’s “Sesame Street” appearance will air on HBO Max starting November 18.

While frolicking with the show’s colorful Muppets, Batiste wears his St. Augustine High School letterman jacket.

He graduated from Catholic Boys School and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in 2004.

A tweet on the school’s official Twitter account noted that Batiste had moved “from AP Tureaud to Sesame Street” and seized “the opportunity to share his pleasure Purple Knight”.

The “Sesame Street” concert is another milestone in what has been a huge year for Batiste, the musical director of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.

In April, he and his collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won the Oscar for Best Original Score for their work on the animated film “Soul”.

He also released a well-received album, “We Are”, which included the merry single “Freedom”. The video for “Freedom”, shot in the streets of Faubourg Marigny in the 7th arrondissement on April 2 and 3, shows New Orleans in all its funky and technicolor splendor.

Feeling weighed down by the constant drumbeat of New Orleans’ shortcomings (carjackings, corruption, flooding in the streets, potholes, boiling water …

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