Free Folger Friday: Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare (2016)

Free Folger Friday: Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare, one of the Talks and Screenings at the Folger, was held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 5:30pm.


On April 23, 2016, Tulane University took New Orleans’s own unique cultural contribution, a Jazz Funeral, to the 400th Anniversary Celebration of Shakespeare’s death in Stratford-upon-Avon. In October of that same year, they recreated the event at the Folger Theatre complete with music provided by Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band. Attendees of this free event learned about the origins and components of the Jazz Funeral, and enjoyed a performance by one of today’s primary exponents of classic New Orleans Jazz, paying homage to the greatest playwright and poet the world has known!

Listen to a selection of the performance here: