As a young boy he turned a cigar box into a ukulele.  His parents recognized his musical ability and started him on banjo lessons.  In the 1920's Narvin was playing with Fate Marable, one of New Orleans' most prestigious bands that also included his bass playing father Henry Kimball.
    In the 1930's Narvin switched to bass and played with several swing groups.  After his fathers death he even played with Louis Armstrong Henry's former band leader.
    Playing jazz didn't always provide the needed income for Narvin so for 37 years he delivered mail.  At age 52 he began his 39 year career as a performer with the New Orleans "Preservation Hall Jazz Band."
Ninety and Still Delivering
Dansun Records

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