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Mike "Soulman" Baptiste

A native of New Orleans, Michael Baptiste was born in the Treme, into a family already rich in music. His uncle Howard Mandolph play the piano and xylophones for Duke Ellington. Uncle/cousin, Henry Glass Sr & Jr, played drums and trumpet for the Eureka Brass Band and later The Olympia Jazz Band. Every Sunday after church, the family would meet in the courtyard of Preservation Hall, where all the jazz musicians would drop in, for food, dancing and world class entertainment. Mike’s God mother was the world famous Shirley Goodman from the Duet Shirley and Lee. They recorded tunes such as “Come on baby Let the good times roll” and “Shame, Shame, Shame on you.”

Mike SoulMan Baptiste started his love for music as a drummer, than later played the trumpet and developed into a vocalist in a group called The Diffusions the early 1970s. Later he would join The Mystics, an up and coming singing group known for their high energy performances, dance choreography , corridanated dress and bold harmony. Mike performed with The Mystics for9 yrs throughout the US and shared stages with some all time greats such as The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dramatics, Fats Domino, and others .

After The Mystics, Michael Soulman Baptiste returned to Xavier University of New Orleans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Marketing while he continue to study music under León Monett. He continued to performed through The Gulf South in church, cafes, clubs and festivals as well.

Shortly afterward, he toured Europe with Lillian Butte’ and Her Musical Friends, traveling to Belgium, Germany, Copenhagen, the Denmark Faroe’ Islands, and festivals in the region.
In 1986, Mike relocated to Detroit, Michigan, the heart of Motown. There he collaborated with stars like The Four Tops, Anita Baker, The Winians, Ron Banks of the Dramatics and others. Supported by the growth of the cable television, he performed at high profile events such as the 1st US appears of Nelson Mandela post his freedom, BET’s (Black Entertainment Television’s) 1st Live cable cast with HBO party sharing the stage with greats such as Al Green, Earth, Wind and Fire; Anita Barker and members of the Motown family. Before returning to New Orleans as Mike Soulman Baptiste, he performed various Cruise liners to Hawaii, Alaska, Barbados, Cozumel Mexico and entertained several other countries to include the Bahamas, Bon Aires, Honduras, Dominican Republic and the east coast of Africa.

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The Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at WWNO.org.


WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

Southern Food

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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