For five generations the Barbarin family has contributed immeasurably to the music of New Orleans and Lucien is no exception. He made his debut at age six, playing drums in the Onward Brass Band, with his great-uncle Paul Barbarin. By age 15, he was playing with his 2nd cousin Danny Barker as a founding member of the now famous Fairview Baptist Christian Church Band.
Lucien has worked or recorded with jazz masters Harry Connick Jr., Diane Reeves, Doc Cheatham, Nicholas Payton, Leroy Jones, Jay McShann, Dr. Michael White, Lionel Hampton, Steve Turre, Theodore Riles, Don Vappie, Perry and Willie Humphrey, and Kermit Ruffins. Mr. Barbarin has played nearly every major jazz festival across the world, including the Jazz and Heritage Festival, North Sea, Montreux, Munich, Nice, and Capitol Radio in London.