Paul Barnes

Paul D. "Polo" Barnes (November 22, 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana - April 3, 1981, New Orleans) was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist. He was the brother of Emile Barnes and was a mainstay of the New Orleans jazz scene of the 1920s and 1930s.

Barnes attended St. Paul Lutheran College, and began playing alto saxophone in 1919. He and Lawrence Marrero formed the Original Diamond Band, later known as the Young Tuxedo Band. He was with Kid Rena in 1922, the Maple Leaf Orchestra in 1923, and Papa Celestin's Original Tuxedo Band later that year; Celestin's group recorded his tune "My Josephine", which became quite popular. He played with Chick Webb in 1927, and with King Oliver three times (1927, 1931, 1934–35). He toured with Jelly Roll Morton in 1928-29.

In 1932-33 he led his own band; in that decade he played with Chester Zardis (1935), and Kid Howard (1937–39, 1941). He played in Algiers, Louisiana in a Navy band from 1942–45, then returned to work with Celestin from 1946 to 1951. From 1952 to 1957 he left music and moved to California. Upon his return to New Orleans in 1959, he played with Paul Barbarin (1960), but from 1962-65 joined the Young Men from New Orleans band that played on a riverboat at Disneyland. He returned again to New Orleans in 1964 and played at Preservation Hall and Dixieland Hall. He toured Europe in 1973-74, but poor health ended his career in 1977.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 22nd, 1901 (New Orleans), Died April 3rd, 1981 (New Orleans)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, composer, clarinet

Notes: Paul "Polo" Barnes.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-48433 10-in. 12/6/1928 Everybody loves my honey now Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-48434 10-in. 12/6/1928 Red hot pepper Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-48435 10-in. 12/6/1928 Deep creek Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-48436 10-in. 12/6/1928 You oughter see my gal Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49452 10-in. 7/9/1929 Burnin' the iceberg Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49453 10-in. 7/9/1929 Courthouse bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49454 10-in. 7/9/1929 Pretty Lil Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49455 10-in. 7/10/1929 Sweet Aneta mine Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49456 10-in. 7/10/1929 New Orleans bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49457 10-in. 7/12/1929 Down my way Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49458 10-in. 7/12/1929 Try me out Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Victor BVE-49459 10-in. 7/12/1929 Tank town bump Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone  
Columbia W142015 10-in. 4/13/1926 My Josephine Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra ; Charles Gills Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W142017 10-in. 4/13/1926 Give me some more Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barnes, Paul," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105491.

Barnes, Paul. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105491.

"Barnes, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105491

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