Jon Batiste said he was “so disappointed” as he canceled several upcoming shows after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Grammy-winning artist has said he will be absent from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and will have to postpone the premiere of his American Symphony at New York’s Carnegie Hall – a show he had been working on for years .
Batiste said the decision to cancel was to “protect my family, my friends and our loyal fans” and reassured them that he would return to the stage soon.
“Hey family, I woke up yesterday and tested positive for COVID-19,” he wrote on Instagram, sharing a clip of himself playing a dark piano piece in an empty theater.
“To ensure the safety of my family, friends and our loyal fans, I will be absent from @colbertlateshow and will also unfortunately have to postpone the premiere of AMERICAN SYMPHONY at Carnegie Hall on which – as many of you know – I have been working for years.
“I poured my heart and soul into this work and I’m so disappointed that I can’t complete it right now, but it will happen one day.
“Thank you to my incredible team and all the musicians who have been on this journey with me.
“I look forward to the day when I can once again share the stage with you all and share this work with the world. Stay safe out there.
The 35-year-old musician won five Grammy Awards from 11 nominations last month at the 64th annual ceremony, including the coveted Album of the Year gong for his 2021 record We Are.
His success at one of music’s biggest nights has helped propel his work – which spans multiple genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music and classical – into the limelight.
He is set to make his acting debut in an upcoming remake of The Color Purple, playing Grady in the new Warner Bros adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker.