The Paulin Brothers' Brass
The “Paulin” name is synonymous with
Traditional Jazz in and outside of New Orleans. “Doc”
Paulin is one of the last pioneers still alive that
has seen the old style Jazz develop from its beginning.
“Doc” Paulin was born June 22,
1907. “Doc” Paulin grew up in Wallace,
Louisiana in a Creole-French speaking family. He began
playing music at the age of seven years old for dances,
balls and other events.
Like many New Orleans Jazz artists, he grew up in
a family of musicians. Doc’s father placed the
French accordion and his uncle, Edgar Peters,
a Trombonist led a brass band in which “Doc”
played. Playing in his uncle’s band left a lasting
impression on him. In the early 1920s, “Doc”
Paulin organized his own band, The “Doc”
Paulin Dixieland Jazz Band. For seven decades,
“Doc” has performed New Orleans Traditional
Jazz with vibrant energy, style and musicianship.
Paulin has played with such greats as Kid
Ory, Danny Barker, Papa
Celestine and Harold Dejean,
to name a few. Playing with these caliber of musicians,
“Doc” realized that this new art form
called Jazz would be his life’s passion.
“Doc” Paulin’s greatest contribution
to New Orleans music was his unashamed drafting of
young musicians into his band. There were many who
came under “Doc’s” tutelage—some
whom have retired and some who are now at eternal
rest. Several talented musicians that are now well-known
had their first official “gig” with “Doc”
Paulin. These young musicians included: Dr.
Michael White, Big Al Carson,
Donald Harrison, the late Anthony
Lacen, also known as “Tuba
Fats”, Greg Stafford,
Freddie Lonzo and Leroy Jones.
These musicians and many others experienced the true
meaning of professionalism and respect for the music
and culture from “Doc” Paulin. Our Dad
was more than a musician. He was a great mentor to
the aspiring neophyte.
Our Father is retired now. His last performance was
at the 2004 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
“Doc” Paulin was 97 years of age at that
time. Today, “Doc” is 99 years old, in
relative good health and surrounded by his loving
wife, Betty White Paulin of 57 years and thirteen
(13) children. Praise God!
“Doc” Paulin is regarded as a significant
contributor to traditional music in the New Orleans
community. “Doc” may be retired but his
energy, musicianship and love for New Orleans Jazz
is evident in his six (6) sons, Aaron,
Scott, Philip and
Roderick – The Paulin
Brothers Brass Band.