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 9:41 pm #6554 Alan BrintonParticipant I have been disappointed at the extent to which the melodica comes across (in the episodes I’ve watched to far) too much as a prop or novelty item — as was the case with Nat King Cole. Jon Batiste is Jazz pianist and a great showman, and we can’t expect him to come out waving a piano around. He plays some terrific melodica solos, but I was hoping for more of that than I’ve been seeing.