Alvin Batiste

Alvin Batiste (November 7, 1932 – May 6, 2007) was an Avant-garde jazz clarinetist born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He taught at his own jazz institute at Southern University in Baton Rouge.[1]

Alvin Batiste
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Background information
Born(1932-11-07)November 7, 1932
New Orleans, Louisiana
DiedMay 6, 2007(2007-05-06) (aged 74)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

His final album was a tribute produced by Branford Marsalis and also features Russell Malone and Herlin Riley.[2]

Several well-known musicians studied under Batiste while at Southern University. They include Branford Marsalis, Randy Jackson (American Idol), his brother Herman, Donald Harrison, Henry Butler, Charlie Singleton (Cameo), Ronald Myers and Woodie Douglas (Spirit).

He died in New Orleans of a heart attack in his sleep, aged 74.[3]


As leaderEdit

  • 1984: Musique D'Afrique Nouvell Orleans (India Navigation)
  • 1988: Bayou Magic (India Navigation)
  • 1993: Late (Columbia Records)
  • 1999: Songs, Words and Messages, Connections (SLM Records)
  • 2007: Marsalis Music Honors Series: Alvin Batiste

As sidemanEdit

With Cannonball Adderley

With Billy Cobham

With Henry Butler

With Clarinet Summit

  • Clarinet Summit (1984)[4]

With Marlon Jordan

  • Marlon's Mode (1997)

With Mark Whitfield

  • Patrice (1991)

With Wynton Marsalis

  • Crescent City Christmas Card (1990)


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ "AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands". AllMusic.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Allmusic Clarinet Summit review

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