Jazz Requiem

Doc Paulin
Trumpeter and bandleader Doc Paulin, being interviewed at 1995 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. His wife to the left of photo; interviewer at right. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia

Trumpet player Ernest "Doc" Paulin, New Orleans' oldest traditional jazz musician, led brass bands at parades, churches, funerals and, of course, Mardi Gras for more than 60 years. During those decades, his band served as a training ground for many up-and-coming jazz musicians, including Big Al Carson and Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen. In November, Paulin died at age 100. His legacy is celebrated on Doc Paulin's Marching Band, from Smithsonian Folkways (1982), which is one of the ensemble's last recordings.

Listen to Doc Paulin's Marching Band perform "Bye Bye Blackbird"

Music courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways, the non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. Please click here to purchase or for more information

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