The Late Show's major shakeup: Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that Jon Batiste would step down as bandleader, effectively immediately, ending his tenure off the screen.
Jon has decided to leave the program, according to Colbert. It's for all the best reasons, including to continue to amaze the world. We wanted to give him a huge, in-person performance, but he's not there. I hope it's called More Grammys Please.
Jon's incredible talent has been so fortunate for the past seven years, according to the host. Will we miss him here? Absolutely! We are so grateful for you, and I cant wait to see you again as guest with your next record.
Louis Cato, the Late Show's long-time house band leader this summer, will take over on a permanent basis when The Late Show returns on Tuesday, September 6th, replacing Joe Saylor. They will join long-time house band members Louis Fouche, Jon Lampley, Endea Owens, and Negah Santos.
Colbert stated that Louis has done a fantastic job this summer. He is very humble, so he wont say this, but I will: He is a musical genius. He can play virtually every instrument over there. Give him an afternoon, or learn how to play Mozart on a shoehorn.
Cato: This program has been one of my greatest joys in my life, alongside some of the greatest musicians and creatives I know. After watching and learning from both Jon and Stephen for the past seven years, I'm eager to continue the tradition of excellence they've established.
The actor of Batistes has steadily improved over the previous couple years. In 2020, he co-produced the score for Pixars Soul (along with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), for which he won an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, and a BAFTA Film Award. He will also win four additional Grammy nominations in 2022, including Best Music Video (for Freedom) and Album of the Year (for We Are).
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