Home / Forums / General melodica discussion / Jon Batiste. as new Late Show bandleader / Reply To: Jon Batiste. as new Late Show bandleader Reply To: Jon Batiste. as new Late Show bandleader December 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm #6552 agoldParticipant I would like to bring this up again, now that Jon Batiste has been on the show for a while. I think the popularity is not always that great. As someone who plays jazz melodica, with a band and busking to a backing track, the instrument isn’t as cool now that it is more mainstream. On the other hand, the popularity is great for the industry and it’s really cool to have our instrument recognized as more of a “real” instrument.