Stephen Colbert appoints jazz man Jon Batiste as 'The Late Show' band leader
When Stephen Colbert's The Late Show debuts on Sept. 8, he'll have a helping hand on camera from jazz artist Jon Batiste, his newly appointed band leader.
"His music makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a 'Do Not Make Love' sign," Colbert said in a CBS statement announcing Batiste's role.
In a short video, Colbert also introduced New Orleans-bred Batiste, whose latest album with his band Stay Human claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard Jazz Album Chart (listen, below).
Meet 'The Late Show' band leader Jon Batiste. Clean up, Stephen Colbert.
Batiste, who lives in New York City, is a a graduate of Juilliard and associate artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He has performed with Prince, Wynton Marsalis and Lenny Kravitz, among other artists.
"I'm thrilled," Batiste, who will release another album this fall, said in the statement. "This is a match made in heaven. Get ready for a love riot in late night."
The Late Show will be taped at New York City's Ed Sullivan Theater. CBS will reveal the show's producers and more details about the show's structure before September.
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