Raised in a musical family in New Orleans, Russell Batiste started playing drums at the age of four. He also learned to play keyboards, saxophone, guitar and bass, and started to play in the family band when he was seven. He attended St. Augustine High School and left college after two years to join Charmaine Neville's band.
He joined the funky Meters, the reincarnation of the funk band The Meters, in 1989.
Batiste also plays regularly with organ player Joe Krown and guitarist Walter "Wolfman" Washington as the Krown Washington Batiste...