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Jon-Baptiste leaves lead role of 'The Late Show' after 7 years, Louis Cato to replace him - Deadline

Jon-Baptiste leaves lead role of ‘The Late Show’ after 7 years, Louis Cato to replace him – Deadline

Stephen Colbert announced on Tonight Late Show Who won the Academy and Grammy Award John Baptiste He is leaving after seven seasons to pursue personal and professional interests.

“We have been very fortunate to have a front row seat to John’s incredible talent for the past seven years. Will we miss him here? Yes!” Colbert said, “But we are so happy for you, John, and I can’t wait to have you back as a guest with your next record.”

It was Batiste late show Leader of the band since Colbert took over as host in 2015. His music career has been in full swing in the past two years as he won an Academy Award in 2020 for his film. spirit He recorded and won five Grammys this year, including Album of the Year.

Luis Cato, who served as temporary squad leader this summer, will take over permanently over time Late Show It returns for its eighth season.

“Lewis did a great job this summer, and he’s very humble, so he’s not going to say this,” Colbert said. “But I will. He’s a musical genius. He can play basically every instrument out there. Give him an afternoon, and he’ll learn how to play Mozart on the shoe horn.”

Kato, who was with Late Show Since its launch, he will be joined by Joe Saylor, who has sung alongside Lewis since the show’s inception, and longtime house band members Louis Fosci, John Lampley, India Owens and Nega Santos.

“It has been one of the greatest honors of my life working on this show, alongside some of the most talented musicians and creators that I know,” Cato said. “Watching and learning from both John and Stephen over the past seven years, I’m really excited to continue the tradition of excellence they’ve established.”

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Season 8 of Late Show With Stephen Colbert, it premieres Tuesday, September 6th.

Cato is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. He has worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Talib Quelle, Snarky Bobby, David Sanborn, George Duke, Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Miller, John Schofield, and A Tribe Called Quest. After two decades of loaning his talents to other projects, Cato released his first solo record Start Now (2016), which he also mixed and produced entirely by himself. He is currently in post-production for his latest album Reflections, which will be released later this year. He is represented by director and creative producer Sam Goldberg and Jake Levy at Levy Law PLLC.