Beloved New Orleans trombonist Lucien Barbarin died of cancer on Thursday, January 30, at the age of 63. Barbarin was a part of the famous Barbarin New Orleans musical family.
Lucien was born July 17, 1956. His great uncle was Paul Barbarin, the leader of the Onward Brass Band. Lucien made his professional debut with Onward as a drummer at age six. He went on to fulfill an illustrious New Orleans jazz career. His resume included the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and being a featured performer with Harry Connick, Jr. He also performed very regularly at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Dr. Michael White, Leroy Jones, Mark Braud, and Tim Laughlin, among others.
The New Orleans community gathered for a secondline yesterday, February 15 to send off Lucien.
Pictures by MJ Mastro.