Warren Battiste was born in New Orleans in 1925 and was taught to play the guitar by his father who was a banjo player at Preservation Hall. Warren has performed at numerous jazz clubs on Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor, the Matador and many others. Warren also appeared in the film “Shy People” with Jill Clayburgh and Barbara Hershey. He has taught music at Wequachie High School, Essex County College and the Newark Art Center in Newark, New Jersey. Warren has performed with George Benson, The Platters, The Inkspots and Illinois Jacquet to name a few. In 2000 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
In 2001 he released his debut CD “Street Jazz” to rave reviews.
In 2004 he was backed by Nocturnal Records for a second CD entitled “Just Friends”.
In 2007 Progressive Records, a division of George Buck’s recording company in New Orleans, released a third CD entitled “Quiet Storm”.
BIRTHPLACE: New Orleans, Louisiana on November 8, 1925
EDUCATION: Father was a banjo player at Preservation Hall and the initial Instructor to young Warren. Later Warren completed 4 years of instructions at Gruenwald Music School in New Orleans.
INSTRUMENTS: Primary: Guitar
Others: Bass, Banjo, and Piano
Featured on Louisiana Jukebox May 2002 and September 20, 2002. Featured artist in UNO’s Jazz Series April 2002. Numerous jazz clubs around Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, Preservation Hall, Harrah’s Casino, Club 201, Snug Harbor, The Matador, Café Sbisa, and many others.
Cameoed in the Motion Picture, SHY PEOPLE, starring Jill Clayburgh and Barbara Hershey.
Taught Music at Wequachic High School, Essex County College, and Newark Art Center in Newark, New Jersey.
George Benson Jimmy McGriff
The Platters Frank Foster
The Inkspots Barry Harris
Illinois Jacquet Woody Shaw …and many others