GORDON BUTLER AND ANTHONY MADISON
Batiste Brothers Band A/K/A Batiste
The Batiste Brand is instrumental in promoting and marketing "Louisiana Music"/"American Music" and traditions. Since the seventies, Batiste has toured, showcased and touted the culture of the region. We are engaged in the music, the people and business of the south. John J. Batiste Sr. and Estella Curtis Batiste are the nucleus of a large musical family. Dad and Mom pushed and sacrificed to send us in the direction of entertainment. They had experience the difficulties and hardships of performing and wanting to perform for a living, and in spite of what they saw, they still aggregated (Together we stand - Divided we fall) and prodded us to move forward in music.
Over the years, multiples of venues and halls have seen Batiste perform. From corner Bars, Churches, Fields, Flat Bed Trucks, Floats, Boats, to Schools, Batiste has been in demand. With the artistry, leadership and creativity of Paul A. Batiste - who has a degree in Music Education, an Honorable Discharge from the US Army and a career of teaching music for over 30 years, the name "Batiste" has earned World Wide acclaim. Paul has endeavored to walk in the footsteps of John Sr. and Estella. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the Brand has significant value.
Educators, Prominent figures in the world, Politicians, Businessmen, Entrepreneurs, Entertainers, Promoters, Artist and the like have expressed interest in the Brand. The Brand has catapulted Batiste members to stardom and fame.
Batiste has earned it's place in the realms of "Distinction." Traveling locally and nationally for the sake of entertainment and sometimes not being adequately acknowledged and rewarded, but there to promote and glorify a trade - of and under recognized region of excellence in Art
Paul A. Batiste
When the kids are away, their
Teachers will play!
Talented teachers by day turn into celebrated
musicians by night.
Stories by KENNETH SNOW
They listen to loud music, run with a fast crowd and stay out late. After a particularly rowdy night, you
may even see their pictures in the newspaper. And they have a powerful influence on your child.
Fifteen years old and onstage, live at the Apollo! That day in 1965, Paul Batiste was far more interested
in finishing his schooling than in making a career of it. The performance was a talent show and the Gladiators, who
had driven all the way from New Orleans, had won.
" Another one of my biggest thrills in high school was when we backed up Aaron Neville in a live performance of
"Tell It Like It Is.' " Batiste said. "In the "70s we opened for a lot of bands like The Temptations, O'Jays, Major Lance
(of Monkey Time' fame) and Chris Kenner, who did 'Land of a Thousand Dances' "
Today the Batiste Brothers Band records on its own label, Artang Records, and has produced
two CDs, "Spice" (1991) and the recently released "New Orleans Music." On that one, he plays guitar,
keyboards and sings.
Meanwhile, the local favorites have begun to build a strong international following, especially in Japan.
In 1992 they were the first New Orleans group to play the Kobe Urban Resort Fair, where they
were warned not to be offended by a low key response from the reserved Japanese audience.
"But before we were finished, " Batiste said, "they were second-lining up on the stage with us. Those
10,000 people were all up and dancing."
The performance that sparked a love affair with New Orleans sound -- more than 60 local
performers were invited to last year's fair -- was all in a day's work for a man who has taught music
in Orleans Parish for over a decade.
Batiste began studies for a music education degree at Southern University in New Orleans in 1971.
"I went to SUNO to learn music theory.....in hopes of pursuing a performing career," he said.
However, his instructors persuaded him to turn toward teaching, Another push came when he
found that he had a gift for communicating with children while teaching music at a summer camp.
As for growing fame and international appearances, "I'm entrenched in education," he said. "I have thorough
plans for my future that includes going back for my master's and opening a private music school in New Orleans."
Check out this great video
Hit the dance floor!