1899 – born May 5, New Orleans Louisiana- was a New Orleans jazz drummer, usually regarded (along with Baby Dodds) as one of the very best of the pre-Big Band era jazz drummers.
Paul Barbarin’s year of birth is often given as 1901, but his brother Louis Barbarin said he was quite sure that Paul was several years older than him, (thinking Paul was born around 1899) and Paul Barbarin simply refused to answer the year of his birth in an interview at Tulane’s Jazz Archives.
1916-1940s – From the late teens on, Barbarin divided his time between Chicago, New York City and New Orleans, and touring with such bands as those of Joe "King" Oliver, Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong, and Henry Red Allen.
1950s-1960s – During this time, he usually led his own band.
Barbarin was an accomplished and knowledgeable musician, a member of ASCAP, and the composer of a number of pop tunes and Dixieland standards, including Come Back Sweet Papa, Don’t Forget To Mess Around (When You’re Doing The Charleston), Bourbon Street Parade, and (Paul Barbarin’s) Second Line.