[Dixielandjazz] 'Doc' Paulin, New Orleans' Oldest Traditional Jazz Musician, Dead At 100

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'Doc' Paulin, New Orleans oldest traditional jazz musician, dead at 100
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MARRERO, La. - New Orleans' oldest traditional jazz musician, trumpeter Ernest (Doc) Paulin, is dead at the age of 100.

Paulin, who had performed since the 1920s, died Tuesday at a daughter's home in suburban Marrero, family members said.

Doc Paulin's Brass Band was one of the city's more popular jazz bands for years.

"He embodied the spirit of the New Orleans jazz tradition in his manners and his trumpet playing and leadership," said Michael White, a professor of African-American music at Xavier University and a clarinetist who started his own career in 1975 with Paulin's band.

"For many decades, especially the 1950s through the 1980s, he trained dozens of musicians in his band."

The band was featured in "Always for Pleasure," an award-winning film about New Orleans culture, The Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

Paulin grew up in a family of musicians. His father played the accordion. Edgar Peters, his uncle, was a trombonist, and many of his children - 10 sons and three daughters - are musicians. At least six performed in his band.

One of his sons, Rickey Paulin, a New Orleans clarinet player displaced to Houston by Hurricane Katrina, said the family is working on funeral plans and is trying to persuade officials to allow an event to be held at city-owned Gallier Hall.

"We don't have a place large enough for the crowds," he said.

Rickey Paulin said survivors include Ernest Paulin's wife, Betty, 10 other sons and three daughters.

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