Jazz: Joy at the Last

If his heart had been lighter while he lived, they would have played Didn't He Ramble? as they marched away from the cemetery. But John Casimir was a sober man, and when he was buried in New Orleans, the surviving members of his Young Tuxedo Brass Band left his graveside in silence.

Widow's Wail. Casimir, who died this month at 64, led his band for 40 years. Most of their work was playing in street parades for funerals, and no one in New Orleans could line up funeral work like John Casimir. Over the years, his friends said, Casimir learned...

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