Eastern New Orleans musician and producer Jamal Batiste is making his movie debut in the biographical drama, “Get On Up,” about the life of the godfather of soul James Brown.
In the movie, Batiste plays drummer John “Jabo” Starks. A member of New Orleans’ Batiste family, Jamal began playing drums at the age of 3. He continued his studies of music at the University of New Orleans where he earned a degree in jazz studies.
When Batiste’s father, David, told him about auditions for the movie, he said he decided to attend “just to see what would happen,” he said. After the first audition, Jamal was called back for another audition in Natchez, Miss. where he was asked to druma James Brown song. After several callbacks and rehearsals with other musicians, directed by Chadwick Boseman who plays James Brown, he won the part of Starks.
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Local drummer Jamal Batiste is set to make waves on the big screen as the legendary James Brown’s drummer John “Jabo” Starks in the James Brown biopic Get on Up.
The long awaited screen adaptation of the Godfather of Soul’s life story will premier on August 1, and Batiste is ready for his close up.
John “Jabo” Starks and Jamal Batiste.
As a member of the musical Batiste family, which has far too many members spread throughout the New Orleans music community to count, Jamal Batiste was already keeping himself busy with hisUnorthodox Drummer and Honorable Southprojects when he attended an open casting call at the Old U.S. Mint.
“My father got word about the auditions, and he really just passed the word on to me,” Batiste said. “I was kind of like thinking nothing of it, and I just went there kind of like to just see what would happen.”
Batiste’s interest was piqued when he was called back a few weeks later for a second audition, this time in Natchez, Mississippi, where he was asked to play a James Brown song on the drums.
First things first, please introduce for me the members of The Honorable South…
Charm: I am the Rock-n-Soul Goddess, Electric Soul Lady, vocalist, Supernova, and songwriter, Ms. Charm Taylor. THS is my brother, guitarist and composer Matthew Rosenbeck. My ”twin,” bassist and songwriter, Charles Lumar II. The drummer of the decade, Jamal Batiste, and renowned guitarist and executive producer of our last two albums, Danny Kartel — We are The Honorable South.
How did you all actually come together to form the group?
Charm: Matthew and I, Ms. Charm Taylor, met at a lounge in downtown New Orleans (in) 2008, and began working together after we learned that we both loved Rock music. In 2009, we released an Electronic Rock EP called Dirty in the Light, which featured Jamal Batiste on drums. Danny actually worked sound at our first live performance. The band expanded to include the rest of the South between 2011-2012.
The Honorable South, a five-piece New Orleans band, makes music they’ve dubbed “electric soul rock ’n’ roll.” Led vocally by Ms. Charm Jones—a loc-tressed singer with a bewitching presence and vocal timbre that lives somewhere between Res and Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes—The Honorable South blends Americana roots-influenced songwriting with the modern thunder of an 808 backbeat, among other sonic flavorings.
Jazz in the Park Marks Sixth Show of the Fall Series
The People United for Armstrong Park (PUfAP) is happy to announce the sixth show of the fall season of the Jazz in the Park concert series, with an exciting lineup that includes Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Jamal Batiste. The show takes place on October 25, 2012, starting with Jamal Batiste at 5 PM, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation at 6:15 PM.
NAMM Show 2013 was great for the drummer/producer Jamal Batiste. He jammed with Leo Nocentelli, Bill Dickens, Stanton Moore, and Leddie Garcia at the annual NAMM Show Jam at The Mint in Los Angeles. He also met up with Grammy Award winning producer Darius “Deezle” Harrison, L’Angelus, and Stokely Williams of Mint Condition! Jamal Batiste’s music is continuing to move from coast to coast and around world!
The Saturday, November 24, 2012
Jazz / Blues
Jazz fashionable Batiste.
From a famous family of musicians and outstanding multi-instrumentalist, Russell Batiste joined the legendary funk band members of The Meters New Orleans, reformed in the late 90s and was even voted best player of the moment .
Heir to a long line of artists in a city forever marked by music, known by many other names such as musicians or Neville Brothers Family Marsalis, Russell Batiste is illustrated by its unusual instrumental mastery that hoisted as one of the greatest drummers of funky music.
With David Batiste, Russell Batiste, Jamal Batiste, Ryan Batiste, Damon J. Batiste
Visit Aulnay All Blues Festival
On Saturday 24 November 2012:
– Saturday from 21:00 to 23:00
– Full price: 22 €
– Reduced price: 19 €
– Up to 24 years: 10 €
– Holders, full price: 16 €
Buy tickets to New Orleans Father and Sons of The New Millenium, Aulnay All Blues festival, concert
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New Orleans Father and Sons of The New Millenium, Aulnay All Blues festival, concert
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Theatre Jacques Prevert aulnay On-Sous-Bois
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Theatre Jacques Prevert aulnay On-Sous-Bois
134 avenue Anatole France
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Tel: 01 48 66 49 90
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Place de l’Hotel de Ville
01 48 79 63 63
After evacuating from New Orleans due to Hurricane Isaac, Jamal Batiste traveled to Atlanta and was invited to be a special guest in The Drum Explosion at the Museum Bar. He shared the stage with well-known drummers such as JFly (Soul Train Awards & Tyler Perry movies), Lil John Roberts (Janet Jackson & The Mo’Nique Show), Joey Williams (Justin Bieber & New Edition), and other great musicians of Atlanta! He gave an outstanding performance that expanded his name and gained more fans and supporters. Now music from his album T.U.D. Just Jamal is in rotation on Atlanta’s radio station WCLK 91.9 FM! He’s on a rise y’all!
This event was really nice! Jamal Batiste had is electrifying band JAM-ALL kicking live in the historical Louis Armstrong Park! Performing their hit song “Just Do You”, the people were mesmerized and excited by this experience. Jamal Batiste has more music and performances with his band JAM-ALL to present to people all over the world. They’ll give Music For Your Soul! Stay tuned in.
JAM-ALL’s hit single made it to New Orleans Q93.3 FM radio and it’s playing on the 504 Radio show! We urge everyone to call in and request it to get in heavy rotation. (504)260-9393.
Jam-All Productions & NOSACONN teamed up with KCAP (Straight out of Durban, South Africa!)
Hello everyone! I hope all is well. Jam-All Productions & NOSACONN has teamed up to introduce KCAP (direct from Durban, South Africa/region of Kwa Zulu Natal Province) to New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2012. KCAP has performed in the Zulu Ball, Zulu Lundi Gras Festival, and the famous Zulu parade. They also went on Channel 4WWL, Fox 8, and traveled to diferent schools displaying their culture. Many people were receptive and enjoyed them. It was a great experience for all.
Hello everyone! Jam-All Pro. Managment Team wanted to update you on 2012 California tour of Jamal Batiste. He begun his tour in Anaheim performing in the NAMM Show 2012 on the John Lennon stage. Thousands of fans and supporters were enjoying his performance. He caught the attention of Grammy Award Winning producer/songwriter Teddy Riley! His next stop was in San Francisco performing at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, which was a SOLD OUT show! Then he headed to Los Angeles to perform at The Mint along with Stanton Moore, Leo Nocentelli, Bill Dickens, and Bernie Worrell of P-Funk, which was a SOLD OUT show as well. While he was in Los Angeles, he met international comedian Sinbad, Boogie B., Mark Curry, Guy Torry, actress/singer Tichina Arnold, Queen Latifah, and Grammy Award Winning producer/drummer Nisan Stewart at Jamie Foxx’s club The Conga Room. He closed out his tour with an outstanding performance at the award winning internationally acclaim “supper club restaurant” & “live music venue” Anthology in San Diego! For more updates and upcoming tours tune in to www.jamallpro.com
Check out this new hit single “Just Do You” by this international electrifying band, Jam-All, straight out of New Orleans! This band is kickin hard with a funky soulful groove, fire intricate rhymes, and amazing, angelic vocals! Share this video with everyone you know ASAP!