"Treme" (w/ Uncle Lionel Batiste)
For seven decades, one of the most recognized and loved musicians (and consummate gentlemen), who each day brought the streets to life with music and conversation in New Orleans, was Uncle Lionel Batiste. Born on February 11, 1931, sadly, he passed away on July 8, 2012. at 81 years of age. However, in a send off that was uniquely New Orleans in style but, in Uncle Lionel's case, suited for royalty, several second line/jazz funerals led up to his wake populated by hundreds upon hundreds of people concurrently mourning and dancing in tow.
When Mr Batiste's wake finally arrived, he was given "a send-off as unique as the man himself. Mr. Batiste wasn’t lying in his cypress casket. Instead, his body was propped against a faux street lamp, standing, decked out in his signature man-about-town finery... He wore a cream sports coat, beige slacks, tasseled loafers, ornate necktie and matching pocket square, bowler hat and sunglasses. His bass drum and his Treme Brass Band uniform were positioned nearby... His hands rested atop his omnipresent cane. The gold watch spanning his left palm was his trademark, representing his desire to always have “time on my hands"... His head was cocked slightly to the left. He appeared ready to step from behind the velvet rope and saunter off to Frenchmen Street, where he reveled in dancing and drinking beer."
Read more about Uncle Lionel here...