"Jazz Funerals" Jazz /Music Tip by Rude_boy22

Jazz /Music, New Orleans: 6 reviews and 7 photos


A tradition among Africans during funerals long ago, was to carry the dead through the street and chant or sing solemnly before burial. The tradition among slaves before the civil war in New Orleans was carried on, but a bit differently. The dixieland and jazzmen began to play more happy tunes, to celebrate the passing on of the spirit to a happier place without slavery. The tradition continues on today, with tunes such as 'When the Saints Go Marchin' In' played as the coffin is brought through the city streets. There is a kind of parade of dancing and celebration behind the musicians.

Photo by Vance Adams from the website below. Click there to go to a site that gives a more detailed description of the celebration, along with audio samples of the tunes played.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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