Paul Barbarin

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz composer drums new orleans jazz vibraphone Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Allmusic Biography Wikipedia


5 May 1899, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 February 1969, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The best-known member of a respected New Orleans musical family, Barbarin became one of the Crescent City’s best and most famous drummers. With his father, Isadore, an established brass player and a member of the Onward Brass Band, and his brothers, Louis Barbarin (drums), Lucien (drums) and William (cornet) all playing jazz, Paul Barbarin could hardly have done anything but become a jazz musician. While still in his mid-teens, he was a member of Buddy Petit’s band, then moved to Chicago, where he worked with the bands of King Oliver and Jimmy Noone. From 1928 Barbarin worked mainly in New York with the Luis Russell band, which in 1935 came under the nominal leadership of Louis Armstrong. In 1939, Barbarin returned home and, apart from occasional trips to Chicago in the 40s and 50s when he worked with Henry ‘Red’ Allen, Sidney Bechet, Art Hodes, he also...

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