The famous Faubourg Treme, jazz neighborhood has lost one of its own. New Orleans native jazz and blues musician “Uncle” Lionel Batiste passed away this morning age the age of 81. Batiste began playing music at the age of 11. He was a member of the Treme Brass Band, where he played the bass drum. Batiste is said to have been a very influential person in lives of many local musicians and was known as “Uncle” to many, even those who weren’t related to him.

For every Treme 200 poster sold, The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network will donate ten dollars to the aid in the payment of medical cost and funeral expenses of Uncle Lionel Batiste. Additional donations can also be made to the memorial fund in Batiste’s name at the Liberty Bank branch.

This year, marks the bicentennial of the Faubourg Treme, the neighborhood that is stated to have given rise to jazz, brass bands, other major pieces of New Orleans and American culture.Batiste is said to be the face of the Treme Bicentennial celebrations and can be seen on some of this year’s commemorative posters, which were created in the historic neighborhood in which he grew up.