NOCCA grad Jon Batiste is Stephen Colbert's bandleader


Jon Batiste. - PETER LUEDERS
  • Jon Batiste.

Jon Batiste will lead The Late Show band this fall when host Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman, who retired from the the late-night throne this spring along with his longtime music partner Paul Shaffer. The 28-year-old jazz musician from Kenner is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Julliard School. His outfit Stay Human released the acclaimed album Social Music in 2013.

Colbert made his announcement this afternoon in a video segment filmed at Blue Nile.

Batiste appeared on Colbert's Comedy Central show The Colbert Report last year and established a goofy rapport — watch below. The duo will make their CBS debut Sept. 8.

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