As a member of one of New Orleans' legendary musical families, Russell Batiste Jr. knows his way around a sound stage. He’s played multiple instruments, and has been at the drum kit since the age of four. Even before that, Russell recalls watching his daddy, David Batiste (of the city’s seminal funk band David Batiste and the Gladiators), jam with an endless array of the city’s most talented musicians. Russell joined the Funky Meters in 1989 and has played/recorded with wide variety of performers including Allan Toussaint, Robbie Robertson, Harry Connick, Jr., Mike Gordon (Phish), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Champion Jack DuPree and Maceo Parker. He performed on the last two Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians' CD's and two unlicensed CD's of The Funky Meters featuring the JB Horns, recorded live in Switzerland. In 2001 Russell joined the legendary trio Vidal Blue with Page McConnell (Phish) and Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros). Vida Blue toured for almost 5 years and released 2 CDs. An industrious artist and creator, the busy plays at the Maple Leaf Bar regularly, with his own bands Russell Batiste and Friends and Russell Batiste’s Tchoupitoulas Posse, and with the Joe Krown Trio.