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Russell Batiste

As a member of one of N'awlins legendary musical families, Russell Batiste Jr. knows his way around a sound stage. He's played multiple instruments, and has been at the drum kit since the age of four. Russell joined the Funky Meters in 1989 and, like George Porter, Jr., has played with a wide variety of performers, including Harry Connick Jr., Champion Jack DuPree, Robbie Robertson, and Maceo Parker. An industrious artist and creator, the busy Batiste also manages to put time into his own projects, too, like Orkestra from da Hood, who released their debut The Clinic a few years back. "I believe music is in you naturally and you just have to tap into it," he says. "It's got to be an emotional thing. When we play together in Porter Batiste Stoltz, what we do touches all three of us emotionally. That's music to me."

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