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Give the Drummer Some: UNO Alum Jamal Batiste is Jabo Starks in New James Brown Film

Aug 25

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It's showtime! Jazz Studies alumnus Jamal Batiste portrays drummer John "Jabo"  Starks in the wide-release film "Get On Up," the story of James Brown.  Normally busy with his bands The Honorable South and Unorthodox Drummer, Jamal took time out to attend open auditions a few months back - and ended up being cast in the movie as one of funk's most notable groove masters.  Jabo Starks is credited with many of the Godfather of Soul's signature - and often sampled - beats.   The movie opened in early August.

To read more, check out these articles in Offbeat and nola.com:

http://www.offbeat.com/2014/07/23/jamal-batiste-drums-his-way-into-james-brown-biopic-get-on-up/

http://blog.nola.com/new_orleans/2014/08/jamal_batiste_of_new_orleans_p.html#incart_river

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