Legendary funk and soul band David Batiste and The Gladiators was formed back in 1962 by David Batiste and his brothers. David Batiste & The Gladiators became one of the founding groups of New Orleans funk rock and built an international cult following.
David then left The Gladiators to join the Meters before becoming part of the Batiste Brothers Band.
David Batiste (keyboard and vocals) is part of the Batiste Family: Father & Sons of the New Millennium with fellow Batiste family members Damon, Jamal and Ryan.
Damon J. Batiste is the President & Cultural Ambassador of the New Orleans South African Connection. He has travelled to Africa more than 73 times since his first trip to South Arica in 1998. The results were the beginning of a solid cultural music exchange between New Orleans and South Africa. This connection has seen the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masakela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jimmy Dludlu, Selealo Seloto, Prince Kupi, Musi Manzini and more return to the birth place of jazz New Orleans, Louisiana.
The percussionist and New Orleans cultural icon has deep roots in New Orleans culture. He's been a part of the Batiste Brothers Band since 1978 and is the son of keyboardist, David Batiste. Damon has performed with other prominent New Orleans bands as well. He recorded a live funk song with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, featuring the djembe drum. He's also played with George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars in their HBO special in Aruba.
Drummer Jamal Batiste, the son of David and Jackie Batiste, is an exceptionally talented drummer who has been playing drums since the age of three. Jamal – who is called “the unorthodox drummer - has performed in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since the age of five. He has performed regularly with the Batiste Brothers Band. Jamal is a 2006 graduate of the University of New Orleans. He’s toured in Africa, Europe, Japan, and US 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, rhythm and blues, Latin, gospel, second line, rock, soul, classical, and jazz. He has shared the stage with international artists such as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Drake, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton, Bonnie Rait, Musiq Soulchild, Yolanda Adams and many more. He’s currently performing and recording with rapper Dee-1, alternative rock band The Honorable South and his band, JAM-ALL.
• Jamal Batiste (drums and keyboard) is part of the Batiste Family: Father & Sons of the New Millennium with fellow Batiste family members David, Damon and Ryan
Ryan Batiste has performed regularly with the Batiste Brothers Band.
• Ryan Batiste (drums and piano) is part of the Batiste Family: Father & Sons of the New Millennium with fellow Batiste family members David, Jamal and Damon.