Listen: Jon Batiste on Working With Stephen Colbert on 'The Late Show'
"Start with a pianist and composer Jon Batiste. He's the bandleader for the late. Show Oh with Stephen Colbert John. He and Colbert. I met in two thousand fourteen when Batiste was actually a guest on Stevens old comedy. Thirty central show the Colbert report. Thank you Mr Battiste for being here Yeah all right you are here right. I'm right are you alive on the planet right now. They can in there all right now New Orleans jazz musician your work cross musical boundaries you worked with the Prince Lenny. Kravitz Wynton Marsalis your featured in spike. Lee's Red Hook summer and the HBO Series Tra may was based in part on your family. Are you the one with the dragons is that your family is Honestly I wasn't familiar with Steven or the Colbert report. And he wasn't familiar with me on my music and we met and there was just a spark that was something deeper and We aligned on a lot of different things in terms of what he really loved about comedy and how it can really bring people together together we can speak to something that is is tied to our humanity. If people watched the show they might hear ten in twelve seconds of song. But if you're in the house you're hearing a whole performance of peace and you're doing what four or five songs every day for the show yes about five or six songs As the opening theme and closing thing which I composed and we played every night and then there the bumpers that happened between acts and we have to act comedy one being the monologue want being a desk comedy piece and then we have two guests typically night and then and maybe a music guest so between all those acts and also walking on each guest. We play Stevens really open to give me the opportunity to just do whatever it is that I WANNA do. So we'll play all types of music on the show from video game music to Beethoven to Classic Jazz to top forty thirty two drake. I mean it. It ranges gentleman. We have a special guest joining us tonight. He has the Blues Jazz Club. Jaw the vocal stylings of former ambassador. Marie you'll find a bit with. Our Ukraine policy has been thrown into disarray. I do not understand Mr Giuliani's motives for attacking. How could our system fail like this? It's very intimidating. Wait a minute. President trump just tweeted at you every jazz club. Marie Ivanovich goes to turns bad. The what a jerk. Whatever we really bring to the show come from our life experiences Johnny Carson said this and he said to Letterman? Who then told it to Stephen? which is you gonNA bring everything we know to a show like this and you do everything you know and jazz is something that I do? So this a way for us to speak to what's happening in the world in comedies with Steven does it comes together on the"