If you’ve ever watched The Late Show with Steven Colbert, you’ve seen John Baptiste. He’s Colbert’s bandleader, pianist, mellotron aficionado that quietly, but very masterfully, brings the Jazz out of the The Late Show’s house band – Stay Human.
I hadn’t heard of him before Colbert- but heck, he’s just a kid practically! What he does, however he does very well, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Julliard and a CV of who’s who in 21st century music, this guy makes some great music. Here’s a link to a YouTube video of him playing ‘What a Wonderful World at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival. https://youtu.be/8aJcmZR6Ias