Piano & Vocal Lessons
Fall/Winter 2014 Session
September 2 – December 12, 2014
The registration period is over, however there may be openings if registrations are cancelled. Please inquire at the rec center.
Lyons Rec Center 504-658-3004
Mo 11:15-7:15pm, Tu 3:15–6:15pm
We 10:45–6:45pm, Fr 11:15–5pm
Treme Rec Center 504-658-3160
Mo 1–6pm, Tu 10:45am–6:45pm,
Th 10:45am–6:45pm, Fr 12:45–5:15pm
Behrman Rec Center 504-364-4092
Mo 3:30–7:45pm, We 2:45-5:45,
Cut-Off Rec Center 504-364-4059
Gernon Brown Rec Center 504-658-3151
Tu 1:30–5:15pm, Th 2:30–4:45pm
Joe W. Brown Rec Center 504-358-3080
Th 1:15–6:45pm, Fr 12:45–5:15pm
Past Piano Events
Spring 2014 Recitals
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Piano Master Artist Series
NORDC Piano Master Classes were made possible by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education
Classes were held April-August and were invitation only for current NORDC piano students. Students had the opportunity to take master classes under the instruction of the following local musicians:
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.
Davell Crawford is an all-around musical sensation and one of the true wonders of the contemporary Crescent City music scene. Bill Taylor from Blues Access proclaims, "Plain and simple, Davell Crawford is one of the most talented musicians alive!" Also known as the "Prince of New Orleans," Davell is one of the city's most exiting live performers. Despite his age, he has for years been a major force in American Roots Music. He has traveled, recorded, and taught the importance of music not only from New Orleans, but true Roots music from Traditional Jazz, to Gospel, Funk and R&B. Cited as one of the few musicians committed to keeping the piano sounds of New Orleans alive, he stands as the only and most documented young piano player that has kept the music true while adding a little freshness and vitality.