Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

January 12, 2018
Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina book cover
Richard Brent Turner

University of Iowa Professor Richard Brent Turner has published a new book, Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina (Indiana University Press).

From the IU Press website:

"An examination of the musical, religious, and political landscape of black New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina, this revised edition looks at how these factors play out in a new millennium of global apartheid. Richard Brent Turner explores the history and contemporary significance of second lines—the group of dancers who follow the first procession of church and club members, brass bands, and grand marshals in black New Orleans’s jazz street parades. Here music and religion interplay, and Turner’s study reveals how these identities and traditions from Haiti and West and Central Africa are reinterpreted. He also describes how second line participants create their own social space and become proficient in the arts of political disguise, resistance, and performance."

Turner is a professor with appointments in the Department of Religious Studies and the African American Studies Program, both part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as International Programs.