Lionel Batiste, vocalist, bass drummer and assistant band leader of the Treme Brass Band died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.

I was honored to Shoot “Uncle” Lionel Batiste at Preservation Hall for my instrumenthead project back in 2010.  He was really cool and open to do whatever it took in the photo shoot.  At one point his base drum was hanging from the Preservation Hall ceiling by a coat hanger while Lionel stood on an old wooden bench.  Here are some of the images from that day.  Rest in Peace “Uncle” Lionel Batiste.