Hagar Ben Ari: Anchoring Late Night TV’s Most Eccentric Band

The talk show bass ace takes us inside the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden

Hagar Ben Ari: Anchoring Late Night TV’s Most Eccentric Band

The talk show bass ace takes us inside the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden

“Do you have champagne?” Hagar Ben Ari asks the bartender in the CBS Studio green room. The bartender looks at us both, and with a slow smile emerging from one corner of his mouth, he raises his eyebrows and replies, “Hagar, we always have champagne!” Life as the bass player in the house band of a major-network late night talk show seems to be as glamorous as you would hope. I look past a display of multiple Emmy Awards toward platters of gourmet nibbles for the green room’s influx of A-list actors and musical guests. Makeup artists are on call with every shade of lipstick — including the one to match Hagar’s new, pink sunglasses — and of course, there’s the well-stocked bar. Hagar has earned her cushy post in the house band of The Late Late Show With James Corden, working for many years as a professional musician in her native Israel before touring internationally and eventually immigrating to America. A home environment full of music due to her guitar-teaching fa
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Vicky Warwick   By: Vicky Warwick

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