"Uncle" Lionel Batiste (in derby hat) with "Papa" Don Vappie (with banjo)
|Birth name||Lionel Batiste|
|Also known as||"Uncle" Lionel Batiste|
February 11, 1931|
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Died||July 8, 2012(aged 81)|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass drum|
|Associated acts||Treme Brass Band|
"Uncle" Lionel Batiste (February 11, 1931 – July 8, 2012) was a jazz and blues musician and singer from New Orleans. He began his music career at the age of 11 playing bass drum with the Square Deal Social & Pleasure Club. He was the bass drummer, vocalist and assistant leader of the Treme Brass Band; known for his kazoo playing and singing as well, and has recorded a cd as a vocalist.
Besides inspiring younger musicians with his playing, he served as a role model to many of them: trumpeter Kermit Ruffins calls Batiste his "total influence," saying that Batiste "taught [him] how to act, how to dress, how to feel about life." Internationally, Batiste has served as leader of the daily Moldejazz parade since 2000. He was king of the Krewe du Vieux for 2003.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lionel Batiste.|
- Allman, Kevin. "Uncle Lionel Batiste: 1931–2012 | Blog of New Orleans". Bestofneworleans.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- "Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Feature 04 13 04". BestOfNewOrleans.com. Archived from the original on 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- "Krewe du Vieux". Krewe du Vieux. 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- Lionel of All Trades. BestofNewOrleans.com, April 13, 2004.
- Matters of Great Importance: Uncle Batiste’s Stolen Drum. BestofNewOrleans.com, February 5, 2010.
- Gambit Weekly obit
- New Orleans Celebrates the Life of a Bandleader. New York Times, July 17, 2012.
- Uncle Lionel Batiste, Treme Brass Band bass drummer, dies Keith Spera, Times-Picayune
- Lionel Batiste at the Internet Movie Database