Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans

Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans

Richard Brent Turner
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/01/2009
ISBN: 978-0-253-00410-9
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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).


“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

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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