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Paul Barbarin
(1899 - 1969)

Paul Barbarin was from a musical family. His father Isidore was the leader of The Onward
Brass Band, and all of his brothers were very involved in the music of New Orleans. Unlike
most of the other famous musicians from the city, Barbarin never cut his ties with the city, but
returned again and again throughout his career.

As a teenager, he started drumming with bands like Buddy Petit's Young Olympians. He left
the Crescent City in 1917 and found work in the Armour and Company stockyards in
Chicago, while still managing to play music by night. By 1920 he was touring with bands,
working with Freddie Keppard and his brother-in-law Jimmie Noone. He returned to New
Orleans to play with Luis Russell and other bands in the city, but left again in 1924 to play with
King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators in Chicago. He stayed with Oliver until 1927, and then once
again returned home.

In 1928 he moved to New York to play with Luis Russell's Orchestra. He played in various
bands in New York before returning once again to New Orleans in 1932. In 1935 he rejoined
the Luis Russell Orchestra which was fronted by Louis Armstrong at the time, and remained
with them until 1938. Then it was back to New Orleans again until he rejoined Armstrong
briefly in 1941 and then went on to play with Red Allen and led his own band.

In 1944 he played with Sidney Bechet. After World War II he stayed in New Orleans, leading
his own bands and marching in brass bands. In 1960 he re-formed his father's Onward Brass
Band and played at Preservation Hall and also made several recordings. He died in 1969 while
he was leading The Onward Brass Band in a street parade.
Source: redhotjazz.com


The bandstand at Tom Anderson's, Rampart Street, 1919
Paul Barbarin, Arnold Metoyer, Luis Russel, Willie Santiago, Albert Nicholas



King Oliver's Dixieland Syncopators, 1926
Bert Cobb, Paul Barbarin, King Oliver, Bob Shoffner,
George Field, Bud Scott, Darnell Howard, Albert Nicholas, Barney Bigard, Luis Russell














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