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date: 18 August 2019

Barbarin familylocked

  • Bill Russell
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld


Family of musicians active in New Orleans.

(b New Orleans, Sept 24, 1872; d New Orleans, June 12, 1960). Alto horn player. He started playing cornet at the age of 14, then took up alto horn and became a member of the first Onward Brass Band . He also played with other groups, notably the Excelsior and the Tuxedo brass bands, for concerts, parades, funerals, and parties, while working as a coachman for undertakers. In 1945 he made some recordings with Bunk Johnson, including Didn’t he ramble/Tell me your dreams (AM 103), and in February 1946 he recorded with the Original Zenith Brass Band. Isidore had four sons who were musicians: (2) Paul and (3) Louis (see below), and also Lucien (b New Orleans, c1905; d New Orleans, before 1960), a drummer, and William (Willie) (b New Orleans, c1907; d New Orleans, 18 Dec 1973...

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Jazz Monthly
S. B. Charters: Jazz: New Orleans, 1885-1957: an Index to the Negro Musicians of New Orleans (Belleville, NJ, 1958, rev. 2/1963/R1983 as Jazz: New Orleans, 1885-1963: an Index to the Negro Musicians of New Orleans)
J. Chilton: Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street (London, 1970, rev. and enlarged 4/1985)