'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Names Bandleader

Austin City Limits 2014 -- Jon Batiste of Stay Human
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Jon Batiste of Stay Human performs in concert on day 1 of the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 3, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Jon Batiste will be front and center when Colbert makes his CBS debut on Sept. 8.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is starting to take shape.

Colbert has named jazz musician Jon Batiste as his new show's bandleader, CBS announced Thursday (June 4).

“His music makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a ‘Do Not Make Love’ sign,” said Colbert.

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Added Batiste: “I’m thrilled! This is a match made in heaven. Get ready for a love riot in late night."

A musician, educator and humanitarian from New Orleans, Batiste hails from a long line of celebrated musicians. He grew up playing percussion and piano in his family's band before studying at Juilliard, where he received his undergraduate and master's degrees. He has performed internationally with his band, Stay Human, and has collaborated with other artists including Prince, Lenny Kravitz and Wynton Marsalis.

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Known for his signature "love riots," Batiste has appeared in HBO's Treme and Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. One of the youngest Steinway Performing Artists of all time, he also serves as the artistic director at large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Batiste is getting ready to release his first album on a major label this fall.

In addition to Colbert's statement, the Late Show also released a video showing Colbert introducing Batiste filmed in his native New Orleans.

The announcement comes one day after Colbert released the first promo for his new show in which he shaved off his recent beard in preparation for his upcoming Late Show debut.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is slated to premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

Watch the video below:

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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