Jon Batiste And The Legacy Of Jazz On Late-Night TV (via NPR)

When Stephen Colbert takes over the Late Show tonight on CBS, he’ll have a new partner in crime on stage: pianist Jon Batiste.

Batiste falls into a long line of jazz musicians to lead bands on late-night television. But this particular fit has a lot of people talking: He and his band are known for their spirit and energy.

Bassist and composer Christian McBride, host of Jazz Night In America, recently spoke with All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish about the pick.

“If you’ve ever seen Jon Batiste live, he’s a born showman,” McBride says. “He seems tailor-made for television. And every time I’ve ever seen him perform, he never fails to get the crowd very inspired and very much into what’s happening.”

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