Uncle Lionel Batiste, bass drummer for Treme Brass Band and beloved icon of New Orleans, died Sunday at age 80.
Keith Spera’s article at nola.com sums up a long life dedicated to music and to his home.
“Inside Uncle Lionel’s bass drum,” said fellow drummer Herman LeBeaux, “is the pulse of the city.”
New Orleans legend Dr. John is on world tour, and this past weekend in Lugano, Switzerland, he was presented with Lugano Estival Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award, “In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to contemporary music and culture”.
Yeah, you right.
Past recipients of this award include Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Max Roach, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Miriam Makeba, McCoy Tyner and Solomon Burke.
The irrepressible Maceo Parker, who is always on world tour, was honored twice this past weekend: A Lifetime Achievement Award from Victoires du Jazz in Paris, and the North Sea Festival’s Radio 6 Soul and Jazz Icon Award.
Life is good on Planet Groove.
“The audience singing and swaying like trees in a hurricane…Maceo is in the House…blowing a tempest.” –Seattle Times