jon baptiste

Jon Baptiste

*With David Letterman safely retired, new “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is staffing up for his takeover this fall.

He released a video today that introduces Louisiana’s own Jon Batiste as his new bandleader. The  most recently appeared on the second and third seasons of HBO’s “Treme.”

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

“I’m thrilled! This is a match made in heaven. Get ready for a love riot in late night,” said the musician.


“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” premieres on Sept. 8.

Watch Colbert’s Batiste announcement below:

Baptiste – a singer, multi-instrumentalist and educator from Kenner, Louisiana – has worked with many acclaimed musicians in various genres of music, released recordings of his own and has performed in over 40 countries. Most recently, he was appointed as the Associate Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Batiste, who received a master’s degree from Juilliard, regularly tours with his band Stay Human.

Watch his bio below: