In this hour we delve into the shared history of jazz and spirituality. We’ll talk with Dr. Leonard Brown about the spiritual side of sax titan John Coltrane, explore the gospel roots of jazz, and listen in on the sacred music of jazz icon Duke Ellington. And we’ll chat with a founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band about the unique New Orleans spiritual tradition that is the jazz funeral. (59:00)
Photo: A Jazz Funeral in New Orleans in 1983. Photo Courtesy The Times-Picayune.
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