The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome New Orleans songwriter and producer Harold Battiste for the FREE monthly program From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits on Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater as part of the 15th Annual American Music Masters series honoring New Orleans’ Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
Battiste will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Director of Education Jason Hanley. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. This event will also be live streamed on rockhall.com.
About Harold Battiste
Composer, producer, educator and jazz ambassador Harold Battiste has had an active and significant role in studio, stage, motion picture and television history. A native of New Orleans, Battiste recorded the first wave of contemporary jazz artists in New Orleans, including clarinetist Alvin Batiste, drummers Ed Blackwell and James Black, saxophonists Nat Perrilliat and Alvin “Red” Tyler and pianist Ellis Marsalis. Battiste is also responsible for founding All for One (AFO), the nation’s first African American musician-owned and -operated record label.
Battiste has produced 10 gold records, including Barbara George’s “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More),” Joe Jones’ “You Talk Too Much,” and Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me,” and is also credited with launching the pop careers of Sonny & Cher, Sam Cooke and Dr. John.
As an educator and jazz ambassador, Battiste has served on the Louisiana State Music Commission, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation School of Music, the Louisiana Jazz Federation, the Congo Square Cultural Collective and worked alongside Ellis Marsalis to build the renowned jazz studies program at the University of New Orleans. He received a degree in music education from Dillard University in 1952.
Battiste also authored the book Unfinished Blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man.