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Jon Batiste to perform at Biden’s first White House state dinner | Joe Biden

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Musician Jon Batiste is on tap to perform at Joe Biden’s first White House state dinner, this Thursday, highlighting long-standing ties between the US and France and honoring President Emmanuel Macron.

“An artist who transcends generations, Jon Batiste’s music inspires and brings people together,” said Vanessa Valdivia, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, whose office is overseeing dinner preparations.

“We’re thrilled to have him perform at the White House for the first state dinner of the Biden-Harris administration,” Valdivia said.

Batiste, 36, most recently was bandleader and musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, leaving the broadcast after a seven-year run.

He won five Grammy awards earlier this year, including for album of the year for We Are. The Washington Post was first to report that Batiste will perform at the dinner.