A funeral is a difficult occasion for all concerned, this New Orleans style jazz funeral band can help you select the live music for a jazz funeral, to either, celebrate the life of your loved one or, to mark their passing with the music they enjoyed.
At jazz funerals in New Orleans the music is played somberly with spirituals and dirges on the way to the cemetery. After the committal, when returning to the reception to celebrate their life, the music is played joyfully.
However, for jazz funerals in the UK most people ask the jazz band for happy music going to the interment as a celebration of their life and possibly again afterwards at the wake.
Acoustic Jass the Jazz Funeral Band leading Steve Strange's Funeral procession, they played "When The Saints Go Marching In", "I'm the King Of The Swingers", "Sweet Georgia Brown" and played "The Saints" again as they arrived at the church.
Funeral Procession in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire
Photo taken by Martin Bennett 5 June 2014
In New Orleans the procession is led by a Parade Marshal followed by the Jazz band but in England the Funeral Director usually takes this role as seen in the pictures on this page.
If you want a special tune this Jazz Band will learn it, if it is not already in their repertoire, the usual tunes played are :-
Down By The Riverside
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Just A Little While To Stay
Lily Of The Valley
Old Rugged Cross
Over In The Glory Land
Walk Thro’ The Streets Of The City
When The Saints Go Marching In
These may be played as a traditional Dirge or,
as up tempo happy music
This jazz band has played at many jazz funerals in England, leading the procession, walking in front of the Cortège, or playing the deceased's favorite music during the funeral service whether religious, humanist or secular. They can play at the graveside and very often play at the reception or wake afterwards.
Jazz Band at a funeral in Barry, South Wales
The tune is "When The Saints Go Marching in"
filmed by and used by permission of GRJ Media Ltd
A Jazz Funeral at Croydon Crematorium
The tune is "The Old Rugged Cross"
Jazz Funeral leaving the deceased's house at Corsham.
photo courtesy of Marv Takel
For most people the organisation of a funeral is not a common occurance and most funerals happen at short notice. Acoustic Jass are happy to deal with either or both family members or the funeral director. Their experience enables this jazz band to offer suggestions that makes their part of the funeral run smoothly, you don't get a rehursal
Jazz Funeral at Cuckfield
courtesy of Mr J Baxter
Many people have been inspired to have a jazz funeral after watching the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" where a funeral procession appears with the Jazz Funeral Band playing the spiritual "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" as a dirge, there is a fatal stabbing and they carried the body off to "Joe Avery's Piece" an up tempo parade tune. This Jazz Funeral Band has been asked to recreate this "but without the stabbing".
Jazz Funeral at Ashburton Devon
The tune is "Lily of The Valley"
Courtesy of Mrs A Youé & John C Blanchard FCA
Jazz Funeral at Highcliffe
Photograph Courtesy Bournemouth Daily Echo
New Orleans Jazz for a Woodland Funeral at Chiltern Woodland Burial Park
Photorgaph courtesy Caroline Crisp, Crisp Images
Acoustic Jass :-
18 Porteous Crescent
Where they've been:-
© M.P. Roberts-Jones