Clarinetist Gregory Agid was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in Honolulu,
Hawaii. He got his first clarinet at the age of seven—and when his family moved to
New Orleans five years later, Agid discovered jazz.
After attending Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp, where he learned from legendary
musicians Alvin Batiste, Kidd Jordan, and Clyde Kerr, Agid was accepted to the New
Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Here, Batiste became his mentor. “Alvin
Batiste once told me that the clarinet is also like a jealous mistress, and the moment
you don't give her the attention she wants, she becomes spiteful and unruly,” Agid