Jon Batiste & Stay Human at 2015 Newport Jazz Festival

Jon Batiste, who had a huge presence in Newport, RI this summer, will make his debut as the CBS Late Show bandleader tonight at 11:35 p.m.

Batiste and his band Stay Human became the the first group to play at Fort Adams State Park for both the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals in the same year when they performed at four Newport Festivals Foundation concerts in a week.

Making history in Newport is just one more accomplishment in a series of larger than life moves for the 28-year-old New Orleans-bred, New York-based Juilliard graduate (MA) with a flair for fashion and the ability to make jazz music accessible to all ages.

In June, he and the band finished a seven-night sold out run in New York City. Earlier that month CBS named Batiste as the bandleader for the highly anticipated Late Show when Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman on September 8. Batiste has already proven himself as an actor in the New Orleans based HBO series Treme as well as in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer. The piano, bass and melodica-playing Batiste has also released half a dozen CDs and EPs starting when was just 17 years old.

As a musician, Batiste has toured the world performing in more than 40 countries, but he is also a music educator. As the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, he programs educational workshops. In Newport last year, he hosted two workshops for local elementary and high school students and he’s an Ambassador for Music Unites.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.