What is a Jazz Funeral? - - -
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: ‘Just a Closer Walk with 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 other 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".
"The funeral is for the living."
"A funeral faces the reality of death - does not avoid it."
"The funeral not only is a declaration that a death has occurred, it also is testimony that a life has been lived."
"The funeral tells us sadly about the present, the agony of separation, the reality of death."
"The funeral provides the fitting climate for expressing our true feelings."
"Pain suffered in solitude is harder to bear than anguish which is shared."
"Joy expressed is joy increased; grief expressed is grief diminished."
This Funeral will also celebrate the Death of the Age of Pisces and the Birth of the Age of Aquarius
What is a Second Line? - - -
Anthropologist Helen Regis defines "Second Line" as a public festival in which club members, musicians, and second liners come together to create “a single flowing movement of people unified by the rhythm.”
At the head of the parade, club members wear suits and sashes that display the club’s name, often twirling matching umbrellas above their heads.
For approximately four hours, they strut their dance moves in front of the band while the second liners fall in behind and along the side. Many second liners show off popular dance steps such as the high step and the buck jump. Others make their own sounds by singing, clapping, blowing whistles, hitting cowbells and beer bottles, and shaking tambourines.
Who are the Pallbearers? - - -
Pallbearers carry or accompany the casket at a funeral. They are friends, relatives, professional or business associates of the deceased—or sometimes members of the religious congregation. Pallbearers who do not actually carry the coffin are called “honorary."
For the Dan Ellis Jazz Funeral, the members of the Krewe of Blarney Kaptains Klub are all designated as Pallbearers and will lead the beginning of the Jazz Funeral Processions while carrying the Casket.
Pallbearers assisst in making the services run smoothly - and as planned.
Greet people at the various services.
Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
Transfer the deceased to proper venues.
Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes, ceremonies, or funerals.
What is a Fauxneral? - - - That's what my Fun-Eral is called!
What is an Irish Wake? - - -
- - - to be described
What is a Viking Funeral? - - -
- - - to be described
What is the recommended mode of Dress? - - -
Participators such as:
Pallbearers will be in black tuxedos,
Official Mourners will be in black dress with veiled hats and black umbrellas
Spectators may dress as they feel comfortable -- a black arm band for men would be appropriate tradition