Jazz and Death: Rituals and Representations

Jazz and death: Rituals and Representations is a monograph by Walter van de Leur for Routledge, in the series Transnational Studies in Jazz. Jazz and Death explores how death figures in thinking about jazz, from jazz funerals in New Orleans to jazz monuments, and from final concerts and last dates to the 'jazz band in heaven'.


  1. Introduction
  2. When I Die, You Better Second-Line: The New Orleans ‘Jazz Funeral’
  3. Nine Naked Muses: Statues and Monuments
  4. Swingin’ in Heaven, Boppin’ in Hell: Biblical Metaphors
  5. Swan Songs: Final Concerts and Last Recordings
  6. Beyond the Grave: Selling Death
  7. Conclusion

Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: November 2021