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I STARTED SEVERAL BANDS FOR THE FIRST TIME AT MANY SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NEW ORLEANS AREA.
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A True Legend is Dead
A parent, father, friend, mentor, leader, music mover, community builder, professor, scholar, teacher, advocate for music students and band director to thousands of students and I. I thought his studies held up and lifted SUNO. In the seventies, students poured in the school to join the band. There were even people enquiring who weren’t enrolled yet and they eventually enrolled. Kidd had workshops with people like the late Guitarist, George Davis. Also, Clark Terry was one of the greats who did Clinics for Kidd. Just recently, I said he caused hundreds to enroll, attend and graduate from SUNO. I went to SUNO on a GI bill and had no intentions to study music. In 1972, I dropped out of school because of the demonstrations and the death of students at Southern University by police during protest. But Kidd recruited many musicians and myself to join the SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE at SUNO. So, I return to SUNO. He took in many students across the New Orleans area. Elmhurst Jazz Festival (where he introduced us to Herbie Hancock) and Contest along with Greenwich Village are just some of the few events Kidd took us to. At the time, musicians were “wall to wall.” His soft spoken demeanor was only moved when it came down to helping students and his family. He had an honest way about himself that made you know he meant well and was interested in your well being and learning in life. Yes, he taught life lessons everyday. I learned
“Strength in numbers” and when he wanted one to listen up, he’d say “They will nail you to the Cross.” Timely, he knew how and what to say. Because of Kidd, I introduced, Michael Batiste, Peter Batiste, Russ Batiste, Damon Batiste, Jamal Batiste, Travis Batiste and Jon Batiste to Kidd for studies because I knew he would be good for my family - and he was. One time, I introduced my son and nephews (each under the age of 10 at the time) Jon, Travis and Jamal to him and he asked “What instrument do they play?” They said, “Drums.” He told them everybody can’t play the drums in your group. So, I told Jon to play the keyboard - Travis to play the Bass Guitar and Jamal to play the Drums. Ultimately, we formed the Batiste Kids. Today, Jon has 5 Grammys. Each child had a forte on their perspective instrument. But it was Kidd's brilliance that played a major part in those beginning music students. I’m blessed that he wouldn’t hesitate to call me. His wife and family meant the world to him. All of us are blessed to have him in our presence. Today “Music” is weeping because it’s biggest advocate has departed from us. It is not a sad day. It is a day to rejoice his life. Do something good for a neighbor in his honor.
As I am writing this Tribute to “Kidd Jordan,” all I can hear is “Kidd Jordan Secondline.” He recorded that with his students.
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TRAVIS BATISTE AND JON BATISTE
move that body
for the fallen children
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