The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes New Orleans songwriter and producer Harold Battiste

 
CLEVELAND (October 11, 2010) - 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 edu@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. This event will also be live streamed on rockhall.com.

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.

This event is part of the Rock Hall’s 15th Annual American Music Masters series Walking to New Orleans: the Music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, which begins Monday, November 8 and will feature lectures, interviews, films and other programs throughout the week. New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and the Rebirth Brass Band will co-headline a show at Cleveland’s House of Blues on Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m.  To purchase tickets, visit www.LiveNation.com, www.HouseofBlues.com, the House of Blues Box Office, charge-by-phone (800-745-3000), or visit any Ticketmaster location.

The week will culminate on Saturday, November 13 with a conference at Case Western Reserve University and a tribute concert at the Palace Theater in PlayhouseSquare. Tribute concert artists include American Music Masters honoree Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lloyd Price, Dr. John and the Lower 911, Irma Thomas, the Rebirth Brass Band and Robert Parker. Additional guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the tribute concert are available at the PlayhouseSquare box office, or by calling (216) 241-6000 or by visiting www.rockhall.com.  Tickets are $30, $40 and $50. A limited number of Rock Hall VIP event packages starting at $250 are available by calling (216) 515-1207.

For more information on the 15th annual American Music Master’s Series Walking to New Orleans: the Music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, visit www.rockhall.com/event/fats-and-dave.

For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit www.rockhall.com.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
 
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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