Colbert thanked the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning Batiste on Thursday’s episode of “The Late Present.”
“We have been so fortunate to have a entrance row seat to Jon’s unimaginable expertise for the previous seven years. And can we miss him right here? ‘Yeaaa!’ However we’re blissful for you, Jon, and I am unable to wait to have you ever again on as visitor together with your subsequent hit file,” Colbert stated.
Cato, who has labored with artists together with Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, John Legend, and Talib Kweli, has served as interim bandleader this summer time and can take over on a everlasting foundation.
“Louis has accomplished an ideal job this summer time, and he’s very humble, so he will not say this. However I’ll. He is a musical genius. He can play principally each instrument over there. Give him a day, he’ll learn to play Mozart on a shoehorn,” Colbert stated.
Cato, who has been with the present since its launch, might be joined by Joe Saylor and longtime home band members Louis Fouché, Jon Lampley, Endea Owens and Nêgah Santos.
“It has been one of many nice honors of my life to work on this present, alongside a few of the most proficient musicians and creatives I do know,” Cato support. “Watching and studying from each Jon and Stephen for these previous seven years, I am genuinely excited to proceed the custom of excellence they’ve established.”
The eighth season of “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert” will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 6.