Clarinetist Alvin Batiste Dies Before Festival Show
He gave his last performance on Saturday at the FestForAll event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Batiste was considered one of the founders of the modern jazz scene in New Orleans.
As well as performing with Ray Charles, Marsalis, Billy Cobham and Cannonball Adderley, Batiste was also renowned for his teachings, and he founded the Batiste Jazz Institute, where he taught jazz improvisation.
His students included Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Charlie Singleton, Woodie Douglas, among others.
Batiste's most famous recording came out in the 1980s when he joined Jimmy Hamilton, John Carter and David Murray for the Clarinet Summit.
He also received acclaim for his 1988 album Bayou Magic.
Batiste is survived by his wife Edith Chatters Batiste, three children, a sister and 12 grandchildren.
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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