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Alvin Batiste Interview (1989)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-10-22

Duration: 00:07:33

Subjects: JAZZ | Music | Southern University and A & M College | BATISTE, ALVIN


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Batiste, Alvin Interviewee
  • Batiste, Edith Interviewee


This segment from the October 22, 1989, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s interview with Alvin Batiste following his return as the director of the Southern University Jazz Institute. He discusses: his decision to leave in 1986; the six albums he has produced since then; his wife’s role in helping his evolution as a musician; his definition of jazz; and the importance of teaching jazz in schools. Masingale also interviews Edith Batiste, a poet, who discusses her collaboration with her husband on the “Bayou Magic” album.