Explores the unique tradition of New Orleans jazz funerals and second lines with rare archival footage and interviews.
This is a fun and funky documentary from 1995 that explores the unique tradition of New Orleans jazz funerals with archival footage, contemporary interviews, and lots of great moments – all set to the brassy backbeat of Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band. You’ll learn how jazz funerals evolved, what it really means to “cut the body loose” and dance in the second line. The Times-Picayune called it “the most thorough and extensive piece of explanatory TV journalism ever assembled on a subject that is an enduring curiosity for many locals and utterly confounding to visitors.” It features archival interviews with Harold “Duke” Dejan, Harold Dudley, Nowell “Papa” Glass, Dr. Bruce Raeburn, Dr. Jack Stewart, and Don Perry.
Written, directed, and produced by David M. Jones. Co-produced and narrated by Milton Batiste of Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band.
Run time : 59 minutes (approximate)
Release date : November 1, 1995