Doc Paulin, patriarch of the Paulin Family Band and traditional jazz legend, died this morning at 100. He moved to New Orleans in 1928, the same year St. James Infirmary was written.
Of Doc's 13 children, many were in the Paulin Brothers band and had been mentored by their father. Details on a memorial are pending, but his son, clarinetist Rickey Paulin, told the Times Picayune he hopes for a Gallier Hall gathering.
This summer, Geraldine Wyckoff of Louisiana Weekly described Doc Paulin's 100th birthday celebration. "Paulin married his wife Betty in 1949 and they raised 13 children in their modest Seventh Street home, which is now in the process of renovation. At the party, over 40 members of the Paulin clan surrounded the man of the hour who sat beaming in a wheelchair next to his lovely wife for a photo that would document the day. A deejay appropriately spun "Family Reunion."
Rest in Peace Doc Paulin. Our hearts go out to the family.