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(Gon' be Dat) New Orleans Music Memoirs of Paul A. Batiste Paperback – July 4, 2012
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PAUL BATISTE is the founder of the Batiste Brothers Band a/k/a The Batiste Family, guitarist, producer and song writer. The Batiste Brothers Band is one of New Orleans most popular bands. In 1965, Batiste performed at his first major show at the Apollo Theater. Furthermore, he has toured in the US and abroad, including three tours of Japan. He is the composer of the 1982 FREEZE album, the 1990 SPICE CD and the 1995 NEW ORLEANS MUSIC CD, including the 1985 hit single (GON' BE DAT) NEW ORLEANS MUSIC by the Batiste Brothers Band and later it was recorded by the Rebirth Brass Band. In addition, Paul is part composer of the 1970 hit single, FUNKY SOUL Part 1 & 2. Also, he wrote the songs IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FAMILY, IT'S ON (THE JAM IS ON), and JAMIZON theme. Moreover, Paul Batiste has been an educator since 1978. As a student at SUNO, Paul studied everyone from Bach and Beethoven to artist like Segovia, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, Howard Roberts, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and many others. This planted seeds for developing his own style by combining Classical, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Spiritual, and Funk. Education and Performing Arts are rewarding experiences. In music, my first teaching/learning environment was with my mother Estella C. Batiste who sat at the piano and taught me how to play the guitar from the guitar book. Years later, I taught band and family members parts while we learned popular songs to play at gigs. After college, I began teaching at a high school in New Orleans. The culture and traditions that exist in different communities, lends itself to a gratuitous teaching and learning experience. It is a place where there is a Gumbo style of music that compliments the wonderful and creative people. Also, I am a guitarist but I teach and play many different instruments. Combine that with playing the many different venues and concerts (local, national and international), and it s a recipe for loving one's trade. Paul A. Batiste is one of seven boys born to John and Estella Batiste. He is a professional musician, band director, guitar teacher and composer. He is the recipient of the Superintendent's Award, Con Brio (for service to music), the National Elementary Schools Recognition Award and the Wal-Mart 2007 local Teacher of the Year Award. In addition, his experience in education and the entertainment business spans 20 years. He has been an educator for more than 30 years and 35 years of being a leader of the Gladiators, and more recently, the Batiste Brothers Band who was honored by the Ladies in Red. Also, he is a veteran of the US Army and former member of the 204th and 202nd Military Police Company and he has received the National Defense Medal. This makes him a knowledgeable and talented asset to the community. Recently, The Batiste Family was recognized by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. I have always been at the forefront of Arts Education in New Orleans by engaging the Batiste Brand and family in Public Schools. In the District, we performed at all secondary and elementary schools over the years. I founded the Batiste Brothers Band in 1976 and wrote, (Gon be Dat) New Orleans Music in 1984 for our citizens. In the Times-Picayune article Strike, UP The Band, I, along with administrators, parents and staff, started a S.B. Wright's band from scratch and marched in the first-ever Mardi Gras Parade immediately after the storm. I composed, LOUISIANA for the sound track, SUGAR CANE, A BITTER SWEET LEGACY. It is now with the Smithsonian. Paul A. Batiste was born in Louisiana in 1949. Recently, his namesake, Batiste Cultural Arts Academy was chosen as one of eight schools to receive the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Initiative.
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