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 is currently being streamed on rockhall.com. CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM EVENT.
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.RSVP
The weeklong series of events:
FREE with RSVP – Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. – Author Series with Bill Janovitz at Cuyahoga Community College’s Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in the Black Box Theater (adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland)
FREE with RSVP - Wednesday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m. – Teachers Rock “Following the River”: Exploring the Roots of the Rolling Stones in the Rock Hall’s “Eat to the Beat” on the 3rd floor.
FREE with RSVP – Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. – Songwriters to Soundmen with Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys and Steve Madaio in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater on the 4th floor
FREE - Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. – Keynote Lecture by Alan Light at Case Western Reserve University’s Ford Auditorium, 11000 Euclid Ave.
TICKETED EVENT - Saturday, October 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. – Annual Music Masters Conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Foster Theater.
TICKETED EVENT - Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Annual Music Masters Tribute Concert at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre
Special program for students:
LIVE STREAM - Monday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. – On the Road “You Got Me Rocking”: The Musical Roots of the Rolling Stones
The series is sponsored by ELS Studio.
The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibition opened in May 2013 and celebrates the Rolling Stones’ incredible contribution to popular music. Through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology, generations of music fans from around the world have the opportunity to get up close and personal with rare items from nearly every aspect of the Stones’ extraordinary career. The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction is slated to run until March 2014.
For more information, visit rockhall.com.
“From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits” gives Rock Hall audiences an inside look at aspects of the music business that are often concealed from view.