Basic Background Info

Birth: May 5, 1899 - 1969
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Band: Louie Armstrong, The Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Luis Russell and His Orchestra, Jelly Roll Morton, Onward Brass Band, Henry "Red" Allen
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Paul Barbarin, born Adolphe Paul Barbarin, was celebrated as one of the best drummers of the pre-big band era. Paul Barbarin's playing was pure, simple, consistent, reliable, and swung rhythmically. Early in his career, Paul Barbarin mastered a basic, straightforward style that was ideal for leading parades and dances.

Before turning twenty, Paul Barbarin split his time between New Orleans and Chicago. Paul Barbarin performed with an array of musicians such as Freddie Keppard, Jimmie Noone, Luis Russell, and Joe 'King' Oliver's Dixie Syncopators. In 1928, Paul ventured to New York to play with Luis Russelís orchestra, which was later fronted by Louis Armstrong. Paul Barbarin returned to New Orleans for a few years before briefly reuniting with Amstrong. Paul Barbarin also played with Red Allen and Sidney Bechet. 

After 1950, Paul Barbarin typically led his own bands in New Orleans and occasionally marched in brass bands. In 1960, Paul Barbarin recreated his father's Onward Brass Band. Nine years later, while leading the Onward Brass Band in a Mardi Gras parade, Paul unexpectedly passed away.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1918 Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo, Vol. 1: New Orleans Various Artists
1918 RCA Victor Jazz: The First Half-Century - The Twenties Various Artists
1922 Selection of New Orleans Various Artists
1923 1923-1940 Johnny Dodds
1923 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Louis Armstrong
1924 Highlights from His Decca Years Louis Armstrong
1924 His Best Recordings 1924-1938 Louis Armstrong
1924 Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Morton
1925 Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo, Vol. 3: New York Various Artists
1925 Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955 Various Artists
1926 1926-1928 King Oliver
1926 1926-1938 Louis Armstrong
1926 Black Legends of Jazz Various Artists
1926 Father of New Orleans Trumpeters 1926-1930 King Oliver
1926 Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo, Vol. 2: Chicago Various Artists
1926 Jazz Heritage: Papa Joe (1926-1928) King Oliver With Dixie Syncopators
1926 Jelly Roll Morton Centennial: His Complete Victor... Jelly Roll Morton
1926 Legendary Satchmo, Vol. 2 Louis Armstrong
1926 Luis Russell Collection (1926-1934) Luis Russell
1926 Masterpieces, Vol. 1 Louis Armstrong
1926 Sugar Foot Stomp King Oliver with the Dixie Syncopaters
1926 West End Blues 1926-1933 Louis Armstrong
1927 Sampler of Decca Jazz 1927-1949 Various Artists
1927 This Is Jazz, Vol. 23: Louis Armstrong Sings Louis Armstrong
1928 1928-1929 Jelly Roll Morton
1928 1928-1930 King Oliver
1928 Louis Armstrong (1928-1931) Louis Armstrong
1928 Louis Armstrong and the Big Bands 1928-1930 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
1929 1929-1930, Vol. 2 Henry "Red" Allen
1929 1929-1933 Henry "Red" Allen
1929 His Best Recordings 1929-1941 Henry "Red" Allen
1929 Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 4 Louis Armstrong
1929 King Oliver, Vol. 2 (1929-1930) King Oliver
1929 Louis & Luis: Louis Armstrong and Luis Russell... Louis Armstrong with Luis Russell
1929 Louis Armstrong Collection, Vol. 5: Louis in New York Louis Armstrong
1929 Louis Armstrong Collection, Vol. 6: St. Louis Blues Louis Armstrong
1929 Savoy Shout Luis Russell
1929 Swinging the Blues Various Artists
1931 Anthology of Big Band Swing (1930-1955) Various Artists
1932 Cool Breeze Louis Armstrong & Dizzy Gillespie
1933 1933-1935 Henry "Red" Allen
1933 Original 1933-1941 Recordings Henry "Red" Allen
1934 1934-1936 Louis Armstrong
1935 1935, Vol. 1 Louis Armstrong
1935 Best of Decca Years, Vol. 2 Louis Armstrong
1935 Best of the Decca Years, Vol. 2: The Composer Louis Armstrong
1935 Priceless Jazz: More Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
1935 Rhythm Saved the World Louis Armstrong
1936 1936-1937, Vol. 3 Louis Armstrong
1936 1936-1937 Henry "Red" Allen & His Orchestra
1936 1936-1937 Louis Armstrong
1936 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, Vol. 2 (1936-1938) Louis Armstrong
1937 1937-1938 Louis Armstrong
1937 1937-1941 Henry "Red" Allen & His Orchestra
1938 1938-1939 Louis Armstrong
1938 Good Time Jazz Story Various Artists
1938 Swing That Music! [Jazz Archives] Louis Armstrong
1940 John Reid Collection 1940-1944 Various Artists
1945 New Orleans Styles Various Artists
1950 Johnny St. Cyr and His Hot Five Paul Barbarin
1950 Streets of the City Paul Barbarin
1951 New Orleans Band Paul Barbarin
1951 New Orleans Jazz Band and Quartet George Lewis' New Orleans Jazz Band/Geor
1951 Sounds of New Orleans, Vol. 1: Paul Barbarin... Paul Barbarin and Percy Humphrey
1954 New Orleans Jamboree Paul Barbarin
1954 Paul Barbarin and His Jazz Band Paul Barbarin w/ Johnny St. Cyr
1955 George Lewis With Guest Artist Red Allen George Lewis
1955 Paul Barbarin and His New Orleans Jazz Paul Barbarin & His New Orleans Jazz Ban
1955 Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller Louis Armstrong
1956 New Orleans Contrasts Paul Barbarin
1956 New Orleans Jazz Band Paul Barbarin
1956 Recorded in New Orleans, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1958 New Orleans Piano Armand Hug
1959 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Pete Fountain
1962 Jazz at Preservation Hall: Paul Barbarin & Punch Mill Paul Barbarin & Punch Miller
1962 Paul Barbarin's Bourbon Street Paul Barbarin
1963 South Rampart Street Parade Pete Fountain
1963 Sweet Emma Barrett and Her New Orleans Music Sweet Emma Barrett
1964 Barbarin's Best at Dixieland Hall Paul Barbarin
1983 Big Band Jazz, Vol. 1: From the Beginning to the Fift Various Artists
1990 Atlantic Jazz: 12 Vol. Box Set Various Artists
1990 Atlantic Jazz: New Orleans Various Artists
1991 Jazz in the Classic New Orleans Tradition George Lewis
1992 Henry Allen Collection, Vol. 2 (1932-1935) Henry Allen
1993 Sound the Trumpets Various Artists
1994 Harlem Joys Various Artists
1994 Jelly Roll Morton, Vol. 5 Jelly Roll Morton
1994 Mardi Gras Parade Music from New Orleans Various Artists
1994 Oxford Series, Vol. 15 Paul Barbarin's Jazz Band from New Orlea
1994 Sounds of New Orleans, Vol. 10: New Orleans Trumpets Various Artists
1994 Willie the Weeper King Oliver
1995 1929, Vol. 6 Jelly Roll Morton
1995 1929/1940 Bill Coleman
1995 Billie Pierce with Raymond Burke Billie Pierce
1995 Henry Allen Collection, Vol. 4 (1936-1937) Henry Allen
1995 His Greatest Recordings 1922-1944 Kid Ory
1995 Johnny St.Cyr Johnny St. Cyr
1995 King Oliver 1926-1931 King Oliver
1995 Ory's Creole Trombone Kid Ory
1999 Dreaming on the River to New Orleans Thomas Jefferson/Paul Barbarin/Louis Cot
2000 Big City Blues J C Higginbotham
2002 1929-1930 King Oliver and His Orchestra
2002 Alternative Takes, Vol. 1: 1929-1941 Henry "Red" Allen
2002 Big Band Era Various Artists
2002 Bugle Call Rag Henry "Red" Allen
2002 Century of Glory George Gershwin
2002 Chicago Legends 1926-1950 Various Artists
2002 Clarinet Story: 1926-1947 Various Artists
2002 Cotton Club Various Artists
2002 Hallelujah!: Gospel 1930-1941 Louis Armstrong
2002 Jazz Satchmo Louis Armstrong
2002 Ken Burns Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2002 New Orleans Stomp Johnny Dodds
2002 Pops Satchmo Louis Armstrong
2002 Quintessence New York - Chicago: 1925-1940 Louis Armstrong
2002 Quintessence: Richmond - Chicago - New York City... King Oliver
2002 Rare Cuts: Well Done, Vol. 4 George Guesnon
2002 Satch Blows the Blues Louis Armstrong
2002 Very Best of Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong
2002 Vocalist Louis Armstrong
2003 24 Chefs d'Cueuvres Louis Armstrong
2003 Big Band Chicago Various Artists
2003 C'est Si Bon [Body & Soul] Louis Armstrong
2003 Down in the Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Various Artists
2003 Dreaming Down The River To New Orleans Various Artists
2003 Early Satch: 1923-1929 Louis Armstrong
2003 Harlem Jazz: The 20's Various Artists
2003 Hot Jazz Various Artists
2003 I'll Still Be King King Oliver
2003 Jelly Roll Blues Jelly Roll Morton
2003 Jubilee Shows, Vol. 7: Nos. 21 & 22 Various Artists
2003 Swing Out Henry "Red" Allen
2003 Trumpet Story, Vol. 1: 1926/1951 Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch: Swing That Music Various Artists
2004 Arranger's Touch Various Artists
2004 BD Jazz Louis Armstrong
2004 Best of Sings and Plays Louis Armstrong
2004 Essential Louis Armstrong [Columbia\Legacy] Louis Armstrong
2004 First of the Singer Songwriters: Key Cuts 1924-1946 Hoagy Carmichael
2004 Jazz Goes Hawaiian Louis Armstrong
2004 Live from the Cotton Club Various Artists
2004 Mr. Bones 1931/1944 Dicky Wells
2004 Trios Louis Armstrong
2005 Best of King Oliver King Oliver
2005 King Louis Louis Armstrong
2005 Sweet Like Us King Oliver & His Orchestra
2005 Clarinet Wobble Johnny Dodds
2006 1929-1934 Luis Russell
2006 Definitive Collection Louis Armstrong
2006 Essential Recordings 1925-1940 Louis Armstrong
2006 Gold Louis Armstrong
2006 Golden Years of Jazz 1917-1939 Various Artists
2006 Great American Songbook Louis Armstrong
2006 How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass Various Artists
2006 In Person 1925-1955 Hoagy Carmichael
2006 Live at the University of North Carolina Louis Armstrong & the All-Stars
2006 New Orleans Clarinet Albert Nicholas
2006 New Orleans Revival 1940-1954 Various Artists
2007 Complete Victors, Vol. 1 King Oliver & His Orchestra
2007 Jazz Begins: Sounds of New Orleans/Funeral and Parade The Young Tuxedo Brass Band
2007 Saratoga Shout Luis Russell and His Orchestra
2008 Paul Barbarin and His New Orleans Jazz Paul Barbarin & His New Orleans Jazz Ban


  • Paul’s nephew, Lucien Barbarin, is an outstanding jazz trumpeter who currently plays with Harry Connick, Jr.

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