September 26, 2022
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Jon Batiste Exiting as Bandleader After 7 Years (VIDEO)

It’s the top of an period for The Late Present as Stephen Colbert introduced on the Thursday, August 12 episode that long-time bandleader Jon Batiste is leaving the present after seven years.

“We’ve been so fortunate to have a front-row seat to Jon’s unimaginable expertise for the previous seven years. And can we miss him right here? ‘Yeaaah!’ However we’re joyful for you, Jon, and I can’t wait to have you ever again on as a visitor along with your subsequent hit document,” Colbert stated on Thursday’s present.

Batiste, a five-time Grammy Award winner, has served because the late-night discuss present’s bandleader since Colbert began as host in 2015. A singer, songwriter, and musician in his personal proper, Batiste has labored with artists throughout a number of genres and launched his personal recordings. In 2020, he co-composed the rating for the Pixar animated movie Soul, for which he obtained an Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, and BAFTA award.

Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Louis Cato will take over from Batiste when The Late Present returns for its eighth season on Tuesday, September 6. Cato has been serving as interim bandleader all through the summer time.

“Louis has accomplished an awesome job this summer time, and he’s very humble, so he gained’t say this,” Colbert acknowledged. “However I’ll. He’s a musical genius. He can play mainly each instrument over there. Give him a day; he’ll discover ways to play Mozart on a shoehorn.”

Cato will likely be joined by Joe Saylor; each males have been with the present since its inception. They are going to be accompanied by long-time home band members Louis Fouché, Jon Lampley, Endea Owens, and Nêgah Santos.

“It has been one of many nice honors of my life to work on this present, alongside a few of the most proficient musicians and creatives I do know,” Cato stated (through Deadline). “Watching and studying from each Jon and Stephen for these previous seven years, I’m genuinely excited to proceed the custom of excellence they’ve established.”

The Late Present with Stephen Colbert, Weeknights, 11:35/10:35c, CBS