Schedule in the Make
A typical jazz funeral begins with a processional march by the family and friends, joined by a brass band that would leave from the home, funeral home, or church -- to the cemetery. Throughout the march, the band plays somber dirges and hymns -- very slowly and mournfully -- such as: 'Nearer My God to Thee.'
A change in the tenor of the ceremony takes place, after either the deceased is buried, or when the hearse leaves the procession and members say their final good bye as they "cut the body loose".
Then, the music becomes more upbeat, often starting with a hymn or spiritual number played in a swinging fashion, such as striking up a rousing 'When the Saints Go Marching In,' or pounding out popular hot tunes such as 'Didn't He Ramble,' or catching ragtime songs.
With raucous music and cathartic dancing, onlookers join in to celebrate the life of the deceased. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line" and their style of dancing, in which they walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is also called the "second line".
Friday, December 21, 2012
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