House band

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A house band is a group of musicians, often centrally organized by a band leader, who regularly play at an establishment.wikipedia
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The Tonight Show Band

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One of the best-remembered, and longest-running, house bands was the NBC Orchestra of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and his predecessors.
The Tonight Show Band is the house band that plays on the American television variety show The Tonight Show.

Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band

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Late Night with David Letterman, which began in 1982, featured Paul Shaffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band, who, unlike previous house bands, incorporated contemporary rhythm and blues and rock music.
It is best known for being David Letterman's house band for 33 years.

Late-night talk show

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House bands remain a late-night talk show fixture, with many of them also serving as unsuspecting straight men for the host's jokes, musically introducing guests, playing in and out of commercials, composing original pieces of music for sketches, and backing up musical guests.
Many late night talk shows feature a house band which generally performs cover songs for the studio audience during commercial breaks and occasionally will back up a guest artist.

Variety show

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With the advent of television in the 1950s, bands from the swing era of jazz typically performed on variety show programs as house bands, starting a television institution that survives to the present.
Radio variety shows were the predominant form of light entertainment during the Golden Age of Radio from the late 1920s through the 1940s; such radio shows typically included a house vocalist, music from the house band, a stand-up monologue and a short comedy sketch.

The Roots

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The Roots became the first hip hop house band on late-night television when they joined Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009.
The Roots currently serve as the house band on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, having served in the same role on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009–2014.

Stax Records

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This use of house bands, first popularized in the 1920s, was revived during the 1960s, most notably at Motown and at Stax Records.
It featured several popular ethnically integrated bands (including the label's house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s) and a racially integrated team of staff and artists unprecedented in that time of racial strife and tension in Memphis and the South.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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The Roots became the first hip hop house band on late-night television when they joined Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009.
Hip hop/neo soul band The Roots served as the show's house band, and Steve Higgins was the show's announcer.

Hi Rhythm Section

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The Hi Rhythm Section was the house band for hit soul albums by several artists, including Al Green and Ann Peebles, on Willie Mitchell's Hi Records label in the 1970s.

Steve Cropper

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He is the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, which backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor.

American Sound Studio

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The Memphis Boys, American Sound Studio's House band was composed of drummer Gene Chrisman, bassists Tommy Cogbill and Mike Leech, guitarist Reggie Young, pianist Bobby Wood, and organist Bobby Emmons.

The Mar-Keys

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As the first house band for the label, their backing music formed the foundation for the early 1960s Stax sound.

Norman Harris (musician)

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Harris started teaching himself guitar in his teens and began his career in local clubs, often with bassist Ronnie Baker and later drummer Earl Young, and in the house band at the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia.


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Assembled by record producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, MFSB was the house band for their Philadelphia International Records label and originated the signature smooth "Philly sound" that dominated the early 1970s for the artists who recorded at the Sigma Sound Studios, including the O'Jays, the Spinners, the Bluenotes, The Delfonics, Blue Magic, The Intruders, The Three Degrees, Jerry Butler, and Teddy Pendergrass.

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They were the house band on the BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross throughout the show's run from 2001 to 2010.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Stay Human, led by bandleader Jon Batiste, serves as the program's house band, and the announcer is program writer Jen Spyra.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Between Fallon's own musical sensibilities and the recruitment of his house band, hip-hop collective The Roots, his incarnation of Late Night "evolved into the most deeply musical of TV's musical-comedy variety programs", with sketches in which he parodies Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen going viral online.

Stay Human (band)

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They are the house band for Stephen Colbert's late-night talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015.

Kevin Eubanks and The Tonight Show Band

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Kevin Eubanks and the Tonight Show Band was the house band of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band

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Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band was the house band for Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show Conan from its debut on November 8, 2010 to the final episode of its 60-minute format October 4, 2018.

Reggie Watts

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He appeared on the IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang! and currently leads the house band for The Late Late Show with James Corden along with hosting the U.S. version of the game show Taskmaster.

Late Night with Seth Meyers

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The show also stars bandleader Fred Armisen and the 8G Band, the show's house band.

The Late Late Show with James Corden

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Unlike his predecessors, Corden's Late Late Show has a house band, nicknamed "Karen", led by Reggie Watts who also acts as the show's announcer.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

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The show's house band was The Max Weinberg 7, led by drummer Max Weinberg, who also served as a sounding board for O'Brien on the show (more so after Andy Richter's departure).

Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem

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They are the house band for The Muppet Show, with personalities and appearances inspired by prominent real-life rock music and jazz performers.

Last Call with Carson Daly

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During this phase, Last Call had no house band and no jokes or monologue, going straight to the first guest at the beginning of the show.