Last night, bandleader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human brought the Colbert Report audience to the streets. In the interview, Colbert asks the kind of questions we’ve come to expect: “Is there a fair amount of nudity in your family?” But Batiste got the chance to playfully fire back by implying that Colbert relies on scripts. Most of the segment focused on jazz as an American music, how jazz is a “social music” (the term that titles Batiste’s most recent album), and what that all means.
After the commercial break, Stay Human came out and joined Batiste in a lively version of “Express Yourself”. Kicking the piano stool out from under him, Batiste danced off the stage where he and the band collected the audience in a second line style march out onto the street. There was a smile on every face, a dance move in every pair of legs, and a little bit of New Orleans in New York City. Check out video from the interview and the outstanding (literally) performance from Colbert’s site after the jump.