Drummer Jamal Batiste is one of many musical seeds of New Orleans's own Batiste Family. The son of David Batiste, Sr. and Jackie Shedrick was born on June 18, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a producer and an exceptionally talented drummer, who has been playing drums since the age of three. Jamal earned his specialized B.A. degree in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans.
Jamal has performed in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since the age of five. He performed with the Batiste Brothers Band and had his own show in the Kid's tent, Congo Square stage, and the Acura Stage. He's toured in Africa, Europe, Asia, and USA with international bands such as Los Hombres Calientes, Jon Cleary, The Wild Magnolias, and a host of others.
Jamal's rhythmical tone is a Gumbo of Funk, R&B, Latin, Gospel, Second Line, Rock, Hip Hop, Classical, and Jazz that has inspired and mesmerized his fans and supporters of all ages. For his first project, Jamal recorded and executive produced his father's first rhythm & blues solo album, "New Orleans Is Coming Back" by David Batiste & the Gladiators. For his follow-up projects he produced "The Unorthodox Drummer: The First Assemblage" and "T.U.D. Just Jamal" that's in stores and online (iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.). He has shared the stage with international artists such as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Doug E. Fresh, Drake, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton, Bonnie Raitt, Yolanda Adams, and many more. He recently made his debut appearance in the James Brown movie Get On Up, playing as James Brown's long-time drummer John "Jabo" Starks, and a debut performance at the NAMM Show in California with his band. He's currently performing and recording with rapper Dee-1, Bill Summers, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Trombone Shorty, and his fire, explosive band, Jamal Batiste Band.
Jamal has Performed & Recorded with: Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Aloe Blacc, Dee-1, Trombone Shorty, Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett (Michael Jackson), Bill Dickens (Janet Jackson), D'Wayne Wiggins of Toni Tony Toné, Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Art Neville (The Meters), George Porter (The Meters), Jon Cleary, and Christian Scott.
For two years, Jamal held the position of Assistant Band Director at The Batiste Cultural Arts Academy and is serving as the Minister of Music at Hill of Zion Baptist Church in Metairie, LA. More recently, Jamal has brought his talent and expertise to a host of projects; including The Batiste Family endeavor Fathers and Sons of the New Millennium, and a sold-out show at the Aulnay All Blues Festival in France.
Media on both a local and national level has featured Jamal and his work. CNN, CBS Nightly News, USA Today, Ebony, WGNO's News with a Twist, The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com, Offbeat, and Gambit are just a few outlets where Jamal has recently appeared. Jamal played snare drum in Ne-Yo's video "Never Knew I Needed" from Disney's Princess and the Frog, and gave a talk at the 2014 Cutting Edge Music Conference about the audition process for his role in Get On Up.
Jamal has toured on an international scale, playing in Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe. He has shared the stage with luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt, Jill Scott, Public Enemy, Drake, Trombone Shorty, Dee-1, Irma Thomas, Burnell Worrell of George Clinton & P-Funk, among many others.