Jon Batiste

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Jon Batiste has left CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after serving as the show’s bandleader for seven seasons.

In addition, Louis Cato received the post that Batiste has deviated – he will now fill the task from interim bandleader to permanent.

“We’ve been so lucky to have a front row seat to Jon’s incredible talent for the past seven years,” said Stephen Colbert in an episode. “And will we miss him here? ‘Yeah!’ But we’re happy for you, Jon, and I can’t wait to have you back on as guest with your next hit record.” 

Earlier this year, Batiste won album of the year at the 2022 Grammy Awards for his album We Are.

Among his contenders are several leading industry musicians including Kanye West, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, H.E.R. and Justin Beiber.

He was also the most Grammy-nominated musician that year.

“It has been one of the great honors of my life to work on this show alongside some of the most talented musicians and creatives I know,” stated Cato.

“Watching and learning from both Jon and Stephen for these past seven years, I’m genuinely excited to continue the tradition of excellence they’ve established.” 

Prior to Batiste’s departure, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted musical residencies from St. Vincent, James Taylor and Joe Walsh. Each artist performed with Stay Human, the show’s house band.

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Jon Batiste Serves Many Roles

Jon Batiste has many roles: singer, songwriter, musician, bandleader, and television personality. 

He has teamed up with countless artists from different music genres, including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Roy Hargrove, and Mavis Staples.

 In addition, Batiste has dropped his recordings and performed in over 40 nations. Furthermore, he has toured with his band, Stay Human, constantly. 

The 35-year-old artist has also music directed The Atlantic and served as creative director of the National Museum in Harlem. 

In 2020, he contributed to the tracklist of Pixar’s Soul, for which he secured an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, and a BAFTA Film Award.

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