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When the Morning Comes

by High Street Jazz Band

Based upon the Dixieland Jazz musical style of the 1910's predominantly developed in New Orleans, Louisiana. The name comes from a reference to the "Old South" specifically anything South of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Jazz
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1. Jesus on the Mainline
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2. over in the Gloryland
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3. Saint James Infirmary
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4. Just a Closer Walk
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5. the Preacher
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6. Amazing Grace
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7. We'll Understand It Better
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8. When the Saints Go Marching in
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Album Notes
Parade bands have been a central part of the musical life of New Orleans since the nineteenth century, and they have been credited—both in the scholarly literature and the popular imagination—as one of the primary sources from which the jazz tradition developed. Bands such as the Olympia Brass Band, the Eureka Brass Band, and, more recently, the Rebirth Brass Band and the Hot 8 Brass Band play a key role in a wide range of cultural celebrations in the Crescent City, including the annual Mardi Gras celebrations that bring thousands of tourists to the city each winter. But, although brass bands participate in a variety of activities around New Orleans, they are perhaps most strongly associated with the tradition of public mourning known as the “jazz funeral.” For nearly a century, New Orleans brass bands have accompanied funeral processions, connecting New Orleans to other African diasporic communities that bring music-making and dance into mourning practice.
In a typical jazz funeral, the band begins playing at the conclusion of the funeral service as the body of the deceased is loaded into the hearse for its final journey. During this first stage of the jazz funeral, the band—which is typically directed by the lead cornetist—plays slow dirges to accompany the body of the deceased from the church or funeral parlor to the cemetery. After the body is interred in the crypt, the mourners rejoin the band for the second half of the jazz funeral, a spirited celebration of the deceased’s life that winds its way through the neighborhood, often stopping at sites of personal and community significance along the way. During these joyous performances, other people from the community frequently join the band and the mourners in what is known as the “second line,” an ad hoc assemblage of dancers and apprentice dancers that adds to the polyphonic textures of sound and movement.
The High Street Jazz Band of Morgantown, West Virginia is far-removed geographically from the humid streets of New Orleans, but they instill the same sense of joy and celebration as they march up and down High Street each weekend for the students of West Virginia University. Composed primarily of WVU music students, the group has been in existence for five years and has toured throughout the state of West Virginiia.
In this, their first album, the High Street Jazz Band explores the jazz funeral tradition, focusing especially on the rich variety of sacred songs that form the core of the parade band repertoire. In fact, with the exception of “St. James Infirmary” (the lyrics of which describe a journey to the morgue to identify a lover’s body), this album is composed exclusively of sacred songs, including “Down by the Riverside,” “Jesus on the Mainline,” and “Amazing Grace.” Although a typical jazz funeral might include a variety of secular songs, the High Street Jazz Band’s focus on the spiritual aspects of the jazz funeral emphasizes the important role that these ritual practices play in commemorating the death of a beloved friend or family member and providing an outlet for public mourning. The High Street Jazz Band, therefore, offers us an opportunity to reflect here on our own dearly departed friends and family and to consider how music and public ritual might allow us to connect to one another in our times of grief and sorrow.



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