Stephen Colbert names Jon Batiste as bandleader for Late Show
Earlier today Stephen Colbert, the new host of THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, announced that popular musician Jon Batiste will be joining him on CBS’s new late night program as the show’s bandleader.
“His music makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a ‘Do Not Make Love’ sign,” said Colbert. “I’m thrilled! This is a match made in heaven. Get ready for a love riot in late night,” said Batiste.
Jon Batiste, a musician, educator and humanitarian from New Orleans, has performed internationally with his band, Stay Human, and has collaborated with acclaimed musicians, including Prince, Wynton Marsalis and Lenny Kravitz. Hailing from a long line of celebrated musicians in Louisiana, Batiste grew up playing percussion and then piano in his family’s band before studying at the Juilliard School, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees.
THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT premieres Tuesday, Sept. 8 (11:35-12:37 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.