Pianist and overwhelmingly charming guy Jon Batiste will move you. His live performances are practical calls to action. He connects to folks and works outside whatever musical box one could conceive. He definitely impressed Stephen Colbert in the waning days of The Colbert Report last year with his bonkers performance that brought the whole audience outside the studio into the street, so it made sense that Batiste was tapped to be Colbert’s bandleader in the next iteration of CBS’s The Late Show. Check out the announcement video below.
And here’s that performance of “Express Yourself” from The Colbert Report last year to give you an idea of what we’re all getting into.
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.