NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Batiste, whose career soared after winning multiple Grammy Awards this year, is stepping down as bandleader for the late-night talk show “The Late Show” after seven years backing host Stephen Colbert.
“We’ve been very lucky to have a front row seat to Jon’s incredible talent over the last seven years,” Colbert said on Thursday’s show. “But we’re happy for you, Jon, and I can’t wait to have you back as a guest with your next hit record.”
Louis Cato, who served as interim bandleader this summer, will take over permanently when the show returns for its eighth season. He has been on the show since its launch. Cato has worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and John Legend and is currently working on a new album. Colbert called him a musical genius.
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