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Lionel Batiste

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Lionel Batiste
"Uncle" Lionel Batiste (in derby hat) with "Papa" Don Vappie (with banjo)
Background information
Birth nameLionel Batiste
Also known as"Uncle" Lionel Batiste
Born(1931-02-11)February 11, 1931
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
DiedJuly 8, 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 81)[1]
GenresJazz, blues
InstrumentsVocals, bass drum
Associated actsTreme 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."[2] Internationally, Batiste has served as leader of the daily Moldejazz parade since 2000. He was king of the Krewe du Vieux for 2003.[3]


  1. ^ Allman, Kevin. "Uncle Lionel Batiste: 1931–2012 | Blog of New Orleans". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Feature 04 13 04". Archived from the original on May 24, 2004. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "Krewe du Vieux". Krewe du Vieux. February 4, 2012. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2012.

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