This funeral jazz band leads the procession to the church
Photo taken by Martin Bennett 5 June 2014
A funeral is a difficult occasion for all concerned, this New Orleans band can help you select the music to be played at a funeral, to either, celebrate the life of your loved one or, to mark their passing with the music they enjoyed.
At funerals in New Orleans the band plays
somberly with spirituals and funeral dirges on the way to the cemetery, the procession is led by a Parade Marshal, to clear a way through the crowds, followed by
the jazz funeral brass band*
After the committal, when returning to the reception, to celebrate their life, the music is played joyfully.
For New Orleans jazz funerals in the UK most people ask the band to play happy music going to the interment as a celebration of their life and possibly again afterwards at the wake. In England the Funeral Director usually takes on the role of the parade Marshal as seen in some of the pictures on this page.
The coffin being led to the grave at Cuckfield
courtesy of Mr J Baxter
If you want a special tune for part the funeral or memorial service this band will learn it, if it is not already in their repertoire, the usual tunes played are :-
These may be played as a traditional dirge or,
as up tempo happy music.
These musicians have been hired to perform live music for funerals in England, leading the procession with the marching band for the funeral in front of the cortège, or playing the deceased's favorite tunes during the service whether religious, humanist or secular. They can play at the graveside and very often play at the reception or wake afterwards.
Acoustic Jass at a funeral in Barry, South Wales
The tune is "The Saints "
filmed by and used by permission of GRJ Media Ltd
A Jazz Funeral at Croydon Crematorium
The tune is "The Old Rugged Cross"
The band playing after the funeral Service.
photo courtesy of Julie Cullip
For most people the organisation of a funeral is not an easy thing and most funerals happen at short notice. Acoustic Jass are happy to deal with either family members or the funeral director. This jazz band's experience enables them to offer suggestions that helps the funeral run smoothly
Many people have been inspired to have a jazz band at their funeral after watching the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" where a funeral procession appears with the 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. Acoustic Jass has often been asked to recreate this "but without the stabbing".
Jazz Band at a Funeral in Ashburton Devon
The tune is "Lily of The Valley"
Courtesy of Mrs A Youé & John C Blanchard FCA
Funeral procession 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
*The New Orleans brass band is totally different to the British brass band in as much as they use a mixture of brass instruments and woodwind and play in the jazz idiom.
Acoustic Jass :-
18 Porteous Crescent
Some places they've been:-
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