On Sunday, "Uncle" Lionel Batiste passed away at age 80 or 81 of cancer. It's tempting to say that he was an "only in New Orleans" sort of figure - someone who was beloved for being himself. His musical career dates back at least to the 1950s, when he played bass drum with the Olympia Brass Band (coincidentally, I was watching 1973's Live and Let Die on Saturday night; does anybody know if he was in the second line scenes? I thought I saw him.), but he is best known musically as the bass drummer for the Treme Brass Band.