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Zia Tammami

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will hold its inaugural Alvin Batiste Hall of Distinction Award presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Shaw Center for the Arts.

Zia Tammami, who is celebrating 40 years of radio promotion of jazz music in the Capital Region, will be the first recipient of this award, which will be given annually for cultivation and contribution to jazz music in the state of Louisiana.

The event will include a 6 p.m. pre-concert reception on the River Terrace of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., followed by a concert in the Manship Theatre, featuring Victor Goines in an Alvin Batiste Tribute Concert. A prestigious roster of musician friends and alumni of Batiste will appear at this concert, which follows the award presentation.

The tribute to Batiste is part of the River City Jazz Masters season concerts produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the River City Jazz Coalition. This concert series was envisioned by a coalition of jazz ambassadors and educators, Batiste among them.

“Jazz music is a monumental gift that Louisiana has given the world, and for the past decade, the River City Jazz Masters Series has celebrated this great music genre in concerts honoring the top musicians in the field. We are thrilled to have this award presentation in Baton Rouge, as the capital of the state which birthed jazz music,” says Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge President/CEO Renee Chatelain.

For tickets, visit manshiptheatre.org or call the Arts Council at (225) 344-8558.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to jazz music programs at Southern University and LSU, where Batiste both studied and taught jazz. At Southern, he created the Batiste Jazz Institute. He also served as lead teacher in jazz instrumental music at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.