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  • Leslie Straughan | June 10, 2015 11:45 AM ET

    Stephen Colbert Names New Orleans' Jon Batiste as 'Late Night' Band Leader

    Stephen Colbert Names New Orleans' Jon Batiste as 'Late Night' Band Leader

    PHOTO: Bourbon Street. Courtesy Thinkstock.

    Stephen Colbert is gearing up for his “Late Show” debut, Sept. 8 on CBS and recently named Jon Batiste band leader.

    A native New Orleanian, Batiste trained at Juliard and is part of one of the Batiste family, a musical dynasty in New Orleans. He grew up playing percussion in his family’s band before switching to piano. He is also an established educator and humanitarian.

    Batiste is sure to bring some New Orleans flair to "The Late Show," a city that boasts live music 365 days a year.

    Live Music Seven Nights a Week

    In New Orleans, you can "do whatcha wanna" any night of the week. Here are just a few choices for New Orleans live music options:


    Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Preservation Hall 
    This French Quarter classic has been an instrumental part of preserving jazz heritage since opening in 1961. The house band plays all over the world for the same reason.

    Chicken and Waffles at The Maison
    If you are taking a stroll down Frenchmen Street, stop by the Maison. Majority of their shows are free, so just walk in, grab a drink and enjoy the jazz music and other genres performing later in the evening.


    Big Al Carlson at the Funky Pirate 
    Big Al Carlson is a mainstay at this long-standing Bourbon Street club. Order a tall Hand Grenade (one of the strongest drinks in the French Quarter) and take in the blues and jazz of this New Orleans legend.

    Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf Bar
    Come listen to the famous Rebirth Brass Band in one of the longest continuing operation of New Orleans' music clubs with live performances.


    Irvin Mayfield at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
    Inside the Royal Sonesta, Grammy-winning jazz artist Irvin Mayfield stops into his namesake music venue when he's not touring the world. 

    Amanda Ducorbier Jazz Band at Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar 
    The French Quarter's only revolving bar that provides amazing specialty cocktails and great live music. Enjoy this whimsical hotspot while listening to the entertainment.


    Karaoke at Cat's Meow
    The city's music scene tends to rub off on people, which might be why this karaoke bar is so famous.

    Ogden After Hours at Ogden Museum of Southern Art 
    Every Thursday is a party at Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Come see the Museum's diverse Collection as you listen to the music of the South.

    Thursday's Twilight Concert Series at New Orleans City Park 
    Showcasing the finest musicians in New Orleans, featuring an assortment of southern music. Beverages and food is provided as you enjoy the music in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in the Botanical Garden at City Park.


    Ellis Marsalis at Snug Harbor
    This jazz-piano trio lights up the stage at Snug Harbor, one of the great music clubs of the famous Frenchmen Street entertainment district.

    Jazz: Live at Hyatt at Hyatt Regency New Orleans 
    Experience the unique local talent every weekend while you sip specialty cocktails and try delicious appetizers. 


    Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz-Carlton
    The Davenport Lounge at the Ritz is named after this jazz trumpeter; see why Wednesday-Saturday nights.


    Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Columns Hotel 
    There is something always happening at The Column and the best way to enjoy a brunch is eating while you listen to some jazz. 

    Raphael & Norbert Band at Three Muses
    Three Muses is a great local spot on the famous Frenchmen Street. This restaurant and bar is the place to be for cocktails, small plates and unique music. 


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Leslie Straughan The New Orleans Beat

Leslie Straughan Leslie has more than 25 years of experience working in the tourism industry, specifically with travel professionals and the cruise market. A native of New Orleans, Leslie enjoys listening to live music and traveling with her daughter.
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