Lionel Batiste http://wrti.org en Remembering Drummer Lionel Batiste, Icon Of New Orleans Music http://wrti.org/post/remembering-drummer-lionel-batiste-icon-new-orleans-music "Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, singer and public face of the Treme Brass Band, died Sunday morning. <a href="http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2012/07/uncle_lionel_batiste_treme_bra.html" target="_blank">NOLA.com reported</a> that the cause was cancer, and that he was 80.<p>Batiste was a popular ambassador for the band, and for New Orleans music at large. Ever well-dressed — usually with a hat, sunglasses and watch — he was often spotted gliding about on the dance floor or street, or leading a parade. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:28:00 +0000 editor 4133 at http://wrti.org Remembering Drummer Lionel Batiste, Icon Of New Orleans Music