Stephen Colbert Just Announced His Late Show Band Leader: Jon Batiste

Stephen Colbert Just Announced His Band Leader for The Late Show

Stephen Colbert Just Announced His Band Leader for The Late Show

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June 4 2015 2:55 PM

Stephen Colbert Just Announced His Band Leader for The Late Show  

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On Thursday, Stephen Colbert sent us another update to promote his upcoming takeover of the Late Show. This time, he announced his new band leader: Jon Batiste. In the video, Colbert chows down on a pile of pillowy beignets (in a nod to Batiste's New Orleans–area roots) and gestures toward Batiste onstage: “I like this guy.” 

Batiste is known as a talented keyboardist with a dynamic stage presence. And he and Colbert have a history together: Batiste and his band, Stay Human, appeared on The Colbert Report multiple times.