A New Orleans Jazz Master Dies at 100

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The oldest traditional New Orleans jazz musician has died at age 100. Doc Paulin was a trumpeter and band leader who started performing the 1920s.


We learned in the New Orleans Times Picayune today of the death of the city's oldest, traditional jazz musician. Doc Paulin was a band leader and trumpeter. He was 100 years old. He began performing in the city in the 1920s and eventually formed Doc Paulin's Brass Band, a group that played for decades and trained dozens of New Orleans' musician.

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BLOCK: Paulin learned music from his father, an accordion player, and from his uncle who played trombone. And he passed on his love of music to many of his 13 children, at least six of whom played with his band.

The service for the man who raised his trumpet in so many traditional New Orleans jazz funerals is sure to be well attended. Doc Paulin's family is asking the city for the use of a former city hall to accommodate all of the mourners.

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