Students get a taste of jazz at SU's Batiste Summer Institute
- 6/24/2013 -
Young musicians from around the state participated in the recent Alvin Batiste Jazz Institute Summer Jazz Camp, sponsored by the Southern University Division of Arts and Humanities. The students, ninth through twelfth graders, received instruction from a number of jazz luminaries including saxophonist Wess "Warm Daddy” Anderson (pictured), percussionist and Jazz Institute assistant director Herman Jackson, Jazz Institute director Harry Anderson Sr., horns, Donald Evans, piano, Michael Esnault, and others. Students received instruction on improvisation, ear training, small ensemble playing, and other techniques. The jazz camp is named in honor of the legendary clarinetist and SU music instructor, the late Alvin Batiste. A number of well-known musicians were taught by Batiste, including, Bradford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Charlie Singleton, and Randy Jackson.