But just because Batiste knows jazz doesn’t mean he cares whether you do or not. “There’s a snobbish mentality in the jazz scene where people think if they don’t know a pile of history or who played on what record they can’t have an opinion about the music,” he told the New York Times earlier this year.
Batiste’s live shows are all-inclusive, energetic affairs. If you’ve been intimidated by the jazz scene in the past, his quartet’s stint at Bohemian Caverns Friday and Saturday makes for a welcoming entry point. It’s one of the Going Out Guide’s top picks for the weekend ahead.