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date: 31 March 2020

De Paris, Wilbur locked

(11 January 1900–03 January 1973)
  • Jack Sohmer


De Paris, Wilbur (11 January 1900–03 January 1973), jazz trombonist, was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the son of Sidney De Paris, a trombonist, music teacher, and bandleader. Nothing is known of his mother except that she played alto horn. In 1907 Wilbur also started playing the alto horn, and by 1916 he was playing baritone horn in his father’s band. His younger brother Sidney De Paris also had been added to the band on cornet. Throughout the 1910s the De Paris Family Band toured in carnivals and tent shows and played on the Theater Owners’ Booking Association (TOBA) vaudeville circuit. After Wilbur had switched to trombone, sometime between 1919 and 1922, he joined Billy and Mary Mack’s Merrymakers and traveled with them to New Orleans, where he sat in with trumpeter Louis Armstrong at Tom Anderson’s Cabaret and worked with Armand Piron s orchestra In 1925 ...

A version of this article originally appeared in American National Biography.

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