A music master, composer, arranger, educator and performer - Alvin Batiste defies description.
He is a Renaissance Man for the 21st Century.
He is a Music Pioneer who has contributed to every genre.
He is simply Batiste - one of the most distinctive and virtuosic of modern jazz clarinetists, and his name alone has become synonymous with taking the music to the next level and the next generation.
Although sometimes called a New Orleans clarinetist (his Columbia album even billed him as a Legendary Pioneer of Jazz), in reality Alvin Batiste is an avant-garde player who does not fit easily into any classification. Under-recorded throughout his career, Alvin Batiste was a childhood friend of Ed Blackwell and he spent time in Los Angeles in 1956 playing with Ornette Coleman.
Clarinetist and composer Batiste first received international attention after he appeared on two Julian Cannonball Adderly recordings. Batiste has just completed the musical score to Vu-Dou Macbeth an Operatic choreo-drama by librettist Lenwood O’Sloan. Batiste performs throughout American Inner city school districts using the principles in his book entitled: The Root Progression System: The Fundamentals of African American Music.
Receiving numerous awards and honors during his career that has spanned more than five decades, His work has won him Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the National Association of Jazz Educators’ National Humanitarian Award, the International Association of Jazz Educator’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Offbeat Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts Education, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society’s Education Award and Southern University’s Distinguished Service Award. Batiste is also holder of the Louisiana Governor's 2005 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.