Sunday, July 08, 2012

RIP Lionel Batiste

I first met Lionel Batiste when the Tréme Brass Band played the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in the mid-nineties. He was an institution in his home town, beloved by musicians and music lovers (to use the term of Kermit Ruffins). I just found about his passing and just want to express my sadness. He brought so much happiness to so many.

Keith Spera had an obituary of him at that I am linking,

The image at the top was taken at a salute to him 15 years ago during jazzFest at the Funky Butt. The image at the bottom was taken at the 2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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