TAMPA — The Patel Conservatory will hold a free interactive lecture and demonstration with jazz artists Jon Batiste and Stay Human from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 in Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place.
During the "Jazz Is: NOW!" lecture and demonstration, band members will play pieces and deconstruct them for the audience. The audience will help pick songs and decide how to arrange them.
Batiste, 27, has appeared on television and in films, including HBO's Treme and Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. He is also an advocate for music education. Stay Human includes saxophonist Eddie Barbash, percussionists Jamison Ross and Joe Saylor and bassist Barry Stephenson.
The lecture and demo are part of Jon Batiste and Stay Human's Straz Center residency, which includes a performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Ferguson Hall. Regularly priced tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the Straz Center ticket office, online at strazcenter.org, or by calling (813) 229-7827.
The 10:30 a.m. lecture and demonstration is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call (813) 222-1040.