Meet Jon Batiste family.
This article briefly covers information on his mother, father, siblings, wife, and kids. We also indulge in his family history and musical background. So, keep reading this article starting with.
Jon Batiste Family
Jon Batiste family is a renowned Louisiana-based family of musicians. His grandparents were John Jeffery “Jeffey” Jean-Batiste and Estella Mae Batiste (nee Curtis). His grandfather was born in 1913 with Cajun French roots and is from New Iberia. Meanwhile, his wife Estella was born on 9 June 1915 and raised in Georgia however her ancestry is not known.
His grandparents were the first African-American businessperson in the Ninth Ward owning a grocery store and a hardware store. When his uncle David was 17, his grandfather bought the boys a piano, but his grandmother Estella was the musical driving force in the family. She taught music to her children and was responsible for the creation of the Batiste Brothers Band. But before that, David’s band was called David and Gladiators.
Later “the Gladiators” became the Batiste brothers.
John and Estella met each other in New York City and settled in New Orleans. Together they had seven children—John, David Sr., Paul, Michael, Peter Sr., James, and Thomas.
Just as Neb Sublette points out in his book, The World That Made New Orleans, “slaves in the United States have lost their ancestral vocabulary, and were raised from birth to have no past and no future, as members of an eternally subjugated caste whose great-grandchildren would be born into slavery.”
Jon lost his grandfather John on 27 June 2012 at the age of 99 whereas he lost his grandmother Estella on 6 September 2007 at the age of 92.
Jon has over 30 cousins in his family that can play music.
Fun Fact: In recent years, the Batiste family learned they were related to other New Orleans legendary artists who shared the name Batiste, even though some of their names were spelled differently. According to his uncle Damon, his family is related to, Alvin Batiste – a musical educator and clarinetist; Harold Battiste – a record label founder, composer, and saxophonist, as well as the band director for Sonny and Cher; and Milton Batiste who played the trumpet “always with a smile.”
Who Is Jon Batiste Mother?
Jon Batiste was born to his mother Katherine Gauthier Batiste. Born in 1955, Jon’s mother is currently 66 years old.
According to LinkedIn, his mother is currently working as Environmental Program Manager at DOE/SPR. She has been working in that role since February 1984. She is a graduate of Tulane University of School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a Master of Science in Public Health, under Environmental Health Sciences.
Who Is Jon Batiste Father?
Jon Batiste was born to his father Michael Batiste. Born in 1954, his father is 68 years old. His father has also started a company named MK Services, LLC in Louisiana, which was incorporated on 5 November 2016. Both, he and his wife have been listed as the managers of the company according to Bizapedia.
Does Jon Batiste Have Siblings?
There is no information on the exact number of siblings, but John Batiste has at least one sibling.
Jon Batiste Spouse
Jon Batiste is a married man now which he recently revealed. He was in almost a decade-long relationship with his wife Suleika Jaouad.
As reported by CBS News, they secretly tied the knots in February 2022. They revealed to the news network that they decided to wed after his wife was diagnosed with leukemia for a second time. His wife revealed to CBS, “We got married the day before I was admitted to the hospital to undergo my bone marrow transplant.”
She added further, “We have known that we wanted to get married, I think, from the first week that we started dating. That’s when Jon first brought up the topic of marriage to me. So, we’ve had eight years. This is not, you know, a hasty decision!”
Suleika shared that the suddenness of the “tiny, beautiful, little ceremony” meant they made do without formal rings. “We used bread ties,” she said.
She also talked about his plans to propose to her. She shared, “He said to me, ‘I just want to be very clear, I’m not proposing to you because of this diagnosis. It’s taken me a year to design your ring. So, just know this timing has nothing to do with it. But what I do want you to know is that this diagnosis doesn’t change anything. It just makes it all the clearer to me that I want to commit to this and for us to be together.’ But once we realized we had this tiny window before the bone marrow transplant, we decided to go for it.”
They got their marriage license in less than a minute while she was in the OR getting a catheter placed into her chest.
There were four people present at their wedding. She revealed, “It was private. It was tiny. And it was perfect.”
As he shared in one podcast, they met each other at a band camp in Upstate New York when she was 13 and he was 15. They have known each other ever since but have been in a relationship for eight years.
Suleika Jaouad is also an author of the bestselling cancer memoir “Between Two Kingdoms”.
How Many Kids Does Jon Batiste Have?
Jon Batiste doesn’t have any kids as of this writing.
How Often Does Jon Batiste Family Appear On The Singer’s Instagram?
Jon Batiste has featured his family members a few times on his Instagram. However, he hasn’t featured his parents on his Instagram.
Has Jon Batiste Family Spoken About The Singer?
They haven’t made any official comments on the singer’s success.
Are Jon Batiste Family Members Close?
Jon Batiste’s family though they are large is tight-knit. They have been working together as musicians. Furthermore, he even involved some of his family members in his album.