Batiste’s career has taken off over the past year. The 35-year-old won several major awards including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and five Grammy Awards. Among those, his album We Are won the Grammy for album of the year.
Batiste was not available to appear on The Late Show for an in-person send-off, but Colbert said a touching goodbye.
“We have been so lucky to have a front-row seat to Jon’s incredible talent for the past seven years,” Colbert said. “We’re happy for you, Jon, and I can’t wait to have you back on as a guest with your next hit record. I love you.”
As Batiste’s replacement, Cato assumes the role already armed with experience as a member of Stay Human. Born in Portugal and raised in North Carolina, he’s a bassist, guitarist, drummer, trombonist, tuba player, singer, songwriter and producer who has worked with a number of artists across multiple genres, including Snarky Puppy, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and John Legend.