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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Piano Lessons

Congrats to NORDC piano student Morgan Glover for being accepted to NOCCA!


NEW!  Piano Master Artist Series 

Classes are by invitation only for NORDC piano students to take master classes with local musicians including Sam Kuslan, David Batiste, Jordan Baker and Jon Cleary.  April-August

David Russell Batiste, Sr. has been playing music for 52 years and is bandleader of the legendary band, David Batiste and the Gladiators. He has performed with The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and James Brown. He was the band director for many volcalists inlcuding Jackie Wilson, ZZ Hill and Percy Sledge.  He won the Apollo show in 1965 and is the father of such legendary young musicians as Russell Batiste, Jamall Batiste, Rayn Batiste and Damon Batiste.  Post Katrina, he became the first living jazz musician in New Orleans to have a school named for his family, “The Batiste Cultural Academy."

Jon Cleary is a funk and R&B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is from Cranbrook in Kent, England, and has studied the musical culture and life of New Orleans for the past 20 years.  He has performed with a number of music luminaries including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Compositions by Cleary have been recorded by notable musicians including Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and most recently John Scofield on his album, Piety Street. 


Sam Kuslan began studying piano at the age of four in Shanghai, where his father then worked. Sam's early instruction was in classical piano, training he continued at New Haven's Neighborhood School of Music. With his season-opening recital, Sam kicked off the prestigious Young People's Performance Series in 2008 at New York City's Steinway Hall and continues to perform yearly at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He plays regularly at the Old New Orleans Mint, Maison Frenchmen and is currently playing at the WWII Museum in downtown New Orleans. Sam has played with greats such as Curtis Fuller (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers), Lou Donaldson (Thelonious Monk/Milt Jackson), Harold Danko (Chet Baker), Marc Roberge (Of A Revolution/O.A.R.), and many more.


Winter/Spring 2014 Season Jan. 13 - May 23

Free classes for ages 6 and older

Lyons Recreation Center
Monday  11am–7:30pm
Tuesday  3pm–6:30pm
Wednesday  10:45-7pm
Friday  10:45am–3pm   

Treme Recreation Center
Tuesday & Thursday 10:45am – 7pm
Friday 12:30–5:30pm

Behrman Recreation Center
Monday 3pm–8pm
Wednesday 2:30pm–6pm

Cut-Off Recreation Center
Wednesday 3pm–8pm

Joe W. Brown Recreation Center
Monday 10am–7pm
Tuesday 10–5pm
Thursday 1pm–7pm
Friday 12:30pm–5:30pm                         


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Last updated: 4/7/2014 5:28:33 PM

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