Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans

Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans

Richard Brent Turner
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Format: Paperback 25 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22120-9
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Author Bio

Richard Brent Turner is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa and author of Islam in the African-American Experience (IUP, 2003).


“Exploring the history and contemporary significance of the popular religious traditions, identities, and performance forms in the second lines of the jazz street parades of black New Orleans, this book looks at the reinterpretation of these identities and rituals in New Orleans jazz and popular religious performances.”

“A well-written, well-researched, thoughtful, and generative book.”
 — George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Turner straddles religions, music, the performance arts, languages, nationalities, and identities skillfully . . . with aplomb, with brio, in a language all his own that sings.”
 — Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

“Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans is a provocative examination of the role of religion and music in modern American culture with a particular focus on the way that history hasw forced change in complex communities. ”
 — Southern Quarterly

“If you are interested in New Orleans jazz, Voodoo, Haiti, and what underlies these important topics, this is definitely the book to have on hand for frequent reference. The author has done a splendid job, and the reader will find this book a helpful treasure of reading material.July 9, 2010”
 — jazzreview.com

“Students of 'popular religion' will find in Turner’s work a fascinating study of a religious tradition flourishing almost entirely outside of institutional boundaries, while those with an interest in the history of jazz or the city of New Orleans will find gems of insight valuable to students of both.”
 — Andrew Smith, Vanderbilt University

“[A]n outstanding study of jazz religion and the second line in New Orleans, the 'most African city' in the US. This study is both personal and academic ... Highly recomended.March 2010”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Follow the Second Line
1. The Haiti<N>New Orleans Vodou Connection: Zora Neale Hurston as Initiate Observer
2. Mardi Gras Indians and Second Lines, Sequin Artists and Rara Bands: Street Festivals and Performances in New Orleans and Haiti

Interlude: The Healing Arts of African Diasporic Religion

3. In Rhythm with the Spirit: New Orleans Jazz Funerals and the African Diaspora
Epilogue. A Jazz Funeral for "A City That Care Forgot": The New Orleans Diaspora after Hurricane Katrina


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