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End of an Era: Reflections on the Passing of Uncle Lionel

Now that Uncle Lionel is in the ground I feel like I can finally talk about an issue that disturbed me greatly during the roughly two weeks of celebrations, some […]

Uncle Lionel Batiste Funeral Arrangements

“Uncle” Lionel Batiste‘s funeral arrangements have been announced by his family. Mr. Batiste died earlier this week, and will be sadly missed by the New Orleans music community and his […]

Uncle Lionel Batiste: February 1, 1931 – July 8, 2012

Of all the colorful char-actors who’ve populated the streets of New Orleans over the years, Uncle Lionel Batiste takes the cake. Uncle Lionel patrolled the banquette along lower Decatur and […]

Uncle Lionel in Times Square

Tonight, Spike Lee’s new documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise premieres at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, and it airs on HBO August […]

Dr. Michael White an NEA Heritage Fellow

Yesterday, traditional jazz clarinetist and educator Dr. Michael White was awarded an NEA Heritage Fellowship. He is the eighth Louisianan to receive this recognition since 2000. In 2001, Boozoo Chavis was named a […]