Russell Batiste & Friends w/Them Uptown Indians featuring Jason Neville
Russell Batiste, Jr. (born December 12, 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) is a drummer based in New Orleans.
Brought up in a musical family, Batiste started playing drums at the age of four. He also learned to play keyboards, saxophone, guitar and bass, and started to play in the family band when he was seven.
Batiste left college after two years to join Charmaine Neville’s band. He joined the funky Meters, the reincarnation of the funk band The Meters, in 1989. The funky Meters without Art Neville currently plays under the name Porter Batiste Stoltz (PBS). (with George Porter, Jr. on bass, and Brian Stoltz on guitar)
As a solo artist, he leads his own band Russell Batiste Jr. and the Orkestra from ‘Da Hood and has released two albums under the name.
Batiste also plays regularly with organ player Joe Krown and guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington as the Krown Washington Batiste trio. This unit released a live CD Live at the Maple Leaf in 2008.
Batiste has performed with wide range of musicians and bands including Papa Grows Funk, Vida Blue, Harry Connick, Jr., Champion Jack Dupree, Robbie Robertson and Maceo Parker.