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Robert T. Batie was born in St. Augustine, Florida. He began playing the saxophone at the tender age of nine years old. His choice of instrument was due to the intrigue of the many keys the saxophone has. As a child, he and his family moved around because his father was serving in the military. The family lived in Guam, New York, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and Europe. While his home address changed frequently, the one constant in his life was music and sports. By the time he graduated from high school in Manassas VA, the young musician could play all four saxophones, as well as keyboards and drums. His love and fascination with the sax was matched only by his love for football.
After a successful tour performing, Batie went into the studio to record his debut CD entitled "Tunnel Vision." Receiving critical acclaim in cities like Montreal, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, Batie went back on the road to promote the new CD. Upon his return to Atlanta, he felt he the need for change so he relocated to the beautiful sands and surroundings of Miami Beach where he expanded his fan base. Miami, with its sun, sand and fun inspired Batie to go back into the studio to record his second CD entitled "Jazz Hustler", which was released in November, 2004 on Jazzman Land Music, his own label. Batie writes and arranges all of his music, drawing on his vast and diverse experiences. When asked to describe his ideal demographic fan base, Batie states that his fans are a lot like himself -- professionals and everyday people of all ages who have an insatiable thirst for creative, quality music that includes urban, fusion, reggae, Latin and progressive jazz. Batie strives to deliver music that is relevant, personal and entertaining to his growing fan base.