1615 St. Philip Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: 504-581-4411
Fax:
Email:

Obituaries

Vivian Gordon
B: 1942-07-13
D: 2018-12-06
View Details
Gordon, Vivian
Cornelia Robinson
B: 1931-10-22
D: 2018-12-03
View Details
Robinson, Cornelia
Shirley Johnson
B: 1936-06-29
D: 2018-12-02
View Details
Johnson, Shirley
Bridgette Delaney
B: 1974-02-02
D: 2018-12-02
View Details
Delaney, Bridgette
Sterling Cardon
B: 1982-01-09
D: 2018-11-26
View Details
Cardon, Sterling
Jane Young
B: 1945-05-26
D: 2018-11-25
View Details
Young, Jane
Barbara Edgerson
B: 1935-01-18
D: 2018-11-24
View Details
Edgerson, Barbara
Julia Davis
B: 1946-10-11
D: 2018-11-23
View Details
Davis, Julia
Sarah Beasley
B: 1940-06-08
D: 2018-11-23
View Details
Beasley, Sarah
Margie Taplin
B: 1938-02-03
D: 2018-11-22
View Details
Taplin, Margie
Bradley Frederick
B: 1989-06-13
D: 2018-11-19
View Details
Frederick, Bradley
Jessie Hoffman
B: 1955-11-08
D: 2018-11-19
View Details
Hoffman, Jessie
Jacquelyn Shields
B: 1952-04-30
D: 2018-11-19
View Details
Shields, Jacquelyn
Brian Bordenave
B: 1972-12-02
D: 2018-11-17
View Details
Bordenave, Brian
Lorraine Ware
B: 1955-10-22
D: 2018-11-16
View Details
Ware, Lorraine
Willie Travis
B: 1920-02-04
D: 2018-11-16
View Details
Travis, Willie
Ella Ridgley
B: 1955-11-08
D: 2018-11-14
View Details
Ridgley, Ella
David Martin
B: 1969-11-09
D: 2018-11-13
View Details
Martin, David
Monica Thomas
B: 1954-12-18
D: 2018-11-13
View Details
Thomas, Monica
David Martin
B: 1969-11-09
D: 2018-11-13
View Details
Martin, David
Gwendolyn Jerman
B: 1943-12-08
D: 2018-11-12
View Details
Jerman, Gwendolyn

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries

Specialty Jazz Funerals

One of the more distinguished aspects of New Orleans culture is the jazz funeral. The Funeral is seen as "a major”  celebration. The roots of the jazz funeral date back to Africa. Four centuries ago, the Dahomeans of Benin and the Yoruba of Nigeria, West Africa were laying the foundation for one of today's most novel social practices on the North American Continent, the jazz funeral.

The secret societies of the Dahomeans and Yoruba people assured fellow tribesmen that a proper burial would be performed at the time of death. To accomplish this guarantee, resources were pooled to form what many have labeled an early form of insurance.

When slaves were brought to America, the idea of providing a proper burial to your fellow brother or sister remained strong. As time passed, these same concepts that were rooted in African ideology became one of the basic principles of the social and pleasure club. As did many fraternal orders and lodges, the social and pleasure club guaranteed proper burial conditions to any member who passed. These organizations were precursors to debit insurance companies and the concept of burial insurance.

The practice of having music during funeral processions was added to the basic African pattern of celebration for most aspects of life, including death. As the brass band became increasingly popular during the early 18th century, they were frequently called on to play processional music. On the way to the cemetery it was customary to play very slowly and mournfully a dirge, or an 'old Negro spiritual' such as 'Nearer My God to Thee,' but on the return from the cemetery, the band would strike up a rousing, 'When the Saints Go Marching In,' or a ragtime song such as 'Didn't He Ramble.' Sidney Bechet, the renowned New Orleans jazzman, after observing the celebrations of the jazz funeral, stated, "Music here is as much a part of death as it is of life."