For Alvin Batiste’s 81st Birth Anniversary, A WKCR Interview From 1987

308825587_332a9a1922_oHere is a great interview with master clarinetist and educator Alvin Batiste conducted by Ted Panken for WKCR radio in 1987. Batiste discusses New Orleans and his formative years in great detail as well as other jazz greats such as the Marsalis family and Ornette Coleman. From the interview:

Q: Tell me about how you first entered into music.  Was it always a part of your life?

AB: Well, I can remember very vividly one Easter Sunday, I think I was about five years old, and my mother had gotten me one of these little white suits that kids at that time were wearing in Louisiana, whether you were Catholic or Protestant.  And a parade passed by my house.  I was living in a section of town called Holly Grove.  And parades didn’t pass that often, so I followed the parade, and I was with the parade all day — if you can imagine a five-year-old kid.  They fed me… And they had canals during that time that took care of the sewage and stuff, and so when the water would go in the canal there would be an algae.  And I slipped down and messed up my little pants.  But I got back home at about nine o’clock and got a good one!  But I think that’s when I was bit.

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