Grammy Award-winning musician Jon Batiste left the role of vocalist in the band for Late Night with Stephen Colbert. The late night host made the announcement about the show Thursday night. Stepping into his huge shoes will Louis Catowho filled the Batiste in the summer. Stephen Colbert said the rest of Batiste’s Stay Human group would remain intact, then introduced his studio audience to what would now be known as Louis Cato and the Late Show Band.
Earlier this year, Batiste’s album We are took home the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, one of its 11 nominations. He has won five overall and also has an Oscar, which he shares with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Best Original Score for the movie soul.
Colbert gently broke the news of Batiste’s passing, explaining that he was leaving “for all the best reasons, including continuing to share his art with the world.” Alas, the message does not include direct delivery (Joe Walshthe Eagles guitarist sits with the group, seemingly ready to pop out of a cake), but Colbert says he’s “so lucky to have been in the front row in front of Jon’s incredible talent for seven years” .
Batiste has been a member of Colbert’s band since the show began in 2015. The 35-year-old is part of the legendary New Orleans Batiste musician family, which also includes the composer. Harold Batisteclarinetist Alvin Batiste, Lionel Batiste of the Treme Brass Band, and Jon’s cousin, Russell Batiste, a member of Funky Meters. Early in the Colbert-Batiste partnership, the pair traveled to New Orleans, where Jon introduced Stephen to his roots.
For the new guy, it was a situation that motivated from within, like Louis Cato was a member of Batiste’s Stay Human group. He was a bassist, guitarist, drummer, trombonist, tuba player, singer, songwriter and producer who, as Colbert put it, could play Mozart on a short shoe. He was born in Portugal, raised in North Carolina, and has recorded with a great range of jazz, R&B, pop and many genres.
Over the years, Batiste has participated in many Late show pre-recorded bits, like a joke about Jazz 101make surprising covers of video game musicto the streets of Manhattan for many”love riots“And bring the jazz drummer nonagenarian Roy Haynes to his office for a session jam.