Jazz Funerals: Death’s Lessons on Leading an Ethical Life in Black New Orleans.

Okun, Julia I.


  • Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award Winner, 2018. Since the late 1800s, many in the black community of New Orleans have honored their dead with a brass band processional commonly referred to as a jazz funeral. A large cohort of musicians and a “second line” of dancers lead family and friends, as well as unrelated community members, in a musical journey to and from the burial site. Traditionally, ... read more
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