Stephen Colbert is re-emerging and making a series of announcements about his version of "The Late Show" on CBS — from releasing a video where he shaved his beard Wednesday, to one introducing his new band leader Jon Batiste on Thursday.
"His music makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a ‘Do Not Make Love’ sign," Colbert said in a press release.
Batiste is a 28-year-old New Orleans jazz musician who's worked with Prince, Lenny Kravitz and more, and the HBO series "Treme" was partially based on Batiste's family. He previously appeared as a guest on "The Colbert Report," where Colbert shared a spontaneous moment when Batiste mocked Colbert for reading scripted lines; Colbert then threw away his notes.
He followed that up with a performance with his band Stay Human, taking the music from inside to outside the show's studio, leading the crowd in a bit of a party with his song "Express Yourself."
"Get ready for a love riot in late night," Batiste said in a release. "Love riots" are what he calls his trademark roving street concerts. He did one that started at New York City's Webster Hall — and the party even went on into the city subway.
Batiste also posted a celebratory GIF:
Batiste grew up playing in his family's band and studied at Juilliard. His album "Social Music" went to number 1 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart. He's releasing his first album on a major label later this year.
Colbert this week also launched a new podcast, his show's website and social media accounts. We'll likely see more of Colbert and Batiste ahead of the show's debut — it hits CBS late nights on Sept. 8.