Stay Human (band)

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Stay Human
Stay Human in 2014
Stay Human in 2014
Background information
OriginNew York City
Years active
MembersJon Batiste
Phil Kuehn
Joe Saylor
Eddie Barbash
Ibanda Ruhumbika
Michael Thurber
Grace Kelly
Maddie Rice
Louis Cato
Louis Fouché

Stay Human is a band founded and led by American musician Jon Batiste. They are the house band for Stephen Colbert's late-night talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015.



Jon Batiste met fellow musicians Joe Saylor and Phil Kuehn in 2004 while attending The Juilliard School. Batiste began performing in New York City in 2005 with Saylor and Kuehn as a trio with Kuehn on bass and Saylor on drums. They were joined by two more musicians: Eddie Barbash on alto saxophone and Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba. They then became known as Stay Human. In 2013, they released their first full-length album, Social Music, through Razor & Tie along with the single "Express Yourself," co-written and produced with Austin Bis.[1][2]

On June 4, 2015, Stephen Colbert announced on his YouTube channel that Stay Human and its bandleader will be the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Batiste and Stay Human's "stirring" performance of "Express Yourself" on Colbert's previous TV show The Colbert Report in 2014[3] was connected with Colbert's decision to name Batiste as the bandleader on The Late Show.[4][5]

In February 2016, the band released an album entitled "The Late Show EP."[6]

On April 22, 2017, Batiste and Stay Human played for the March for Science rally at the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.. In the mission statement for the March for Science it states "The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity."


  • Jon Batiste (melodica, piano, voice)
  • Joe Saylor (drums)
  • Louis Cato (electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, drums, percussion, voice, trombone, tuba)[7]
  • Negah Santos (percussion)
  • Louis Fouché (saxophone)[8]
  • Jon Lampley (trumpet, tuba)[9][10]
  • Endea Owens (bass)
  • Ibanda Ruhumbika (tuba, trombone)
  • Maddie Rice (electric and acoustic guitar)[11]


  1. ^ "Jon Batiste and Stay Human Create Social Music on October 15th". Razor & Tie Direct L.L.C. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Social Music — Jon Batiste & Stay Human — Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jon Batiste and Stay Human - "Express Yourself"". Comedy Central. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Locker, Melissa (June 6, 2015). "Meet Stephen Colbert's New Late Show Bandleader, Jon Batiste". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Kreps, Daniel (August 26, 2015). "Jon Batiste: How 'Colbert' Visit Became 'Late Show' Job Interview". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  6. ^ ""The Late Show EP," By Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Is Now Available -". CBS. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  7. ^ Small, Mark. "On TV and on the Move: Louis Cato '04". Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  8. ^ London, Jay. "Late Show saxophonist studied physics, chemical engineering". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  9. ^ Hambach, Eva. "Photographers crowd the pit as horn players of Jon Batiste's..." Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  10. ^ Galli, Steve. "Jon Batiste And Stay Human Rock The New Orleans Jazz Festival". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  11. ^ Miller, Chris. "Utah guitarist lands spot on Colbert's 'Late Show'". Retrieved 22 July 2016.