Funeral Jazz Band – Silk Street Jazz


The New Orleans Funeral is becoming increasingly popular as it very much focuses on a ‘celebration of life’. For friends and family, it can lift spirits and help make a time of sadness a more joyous and uplifting occasion to have a funeral jazz band play.

About The New Orleans Jazz Funeral

In New Orleans, the jazz band is an integral part of the New Orleans funeral. The funeral procession usually begins at the family home. We will lead a respectful, dignified parade to the local church, chapel or crematorium, performing traditional slower spirituals as friends and family pay their respects. These numbers can include ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’, ‘Careless Love’, ‘Precious Lord’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Abide With Me’.

During the service, we can perform your choice of hymns or wait and lead a further procession. Traditionally, In New Orleans, once goodbyes have been said, the jazz band strikes up with it’s celebratory, up-tempo numbers including ‘When The Saints’, ‘Just A Little While’, ‘Lily of The Valley’, ‘Didn’t he Ramble’.

Why choose the Silk Street New Orleans Jazz Band?

Many of our funeral jazz band musicians have performed in New Orleans and we specialise in performing jazz at hundreds of funerals each year around the country. We are able to tailor every aspect of our service to meet and exceed your expectations. We have many Funeral band line-up options available, from a smaller, quieter 3-piece band right through to a full 12-piece parade jazz band. For your peace of mind, we have a quick, easy and guaranteed booking service. We liaise closely with both the family and the funeral directors to bring a performance that is both respectful and memorable.

Listen and watch our Funeral jazz band line-up options

Funeral Thank You’s

We have received many thank yous from recent clients:

“A quick e-mail to say a big thanks to you and the other guys in the band for playing for us yesterday.  I guess it can’t be easy playing at a funeral but you guys were brilliant – respectful for the occasion and excellent music! Many of my guests commented how good you were and I will recommend you to anyone who asks. Thanks again and good luck for the future!”

“Thank You. You made the booking very straight forward to deal with. I will of course tell all of our other branches of your services”
Judy (Funeral Directors), London

“Please thank the Silk Street 4-piece band  so much, they really made the day special, lighter and memorable. The tone of the music was perfect as was the delivery. The band hopped on the bus, entertaining us to exhibition road with a sing song too! Many thanks again”

“I would like to say a very big thank you for playing at our Mum’s funeral. We were all pleased and mum would have loved it. I bet she had a smile on her face when she left this world. Everyone said how lovely you were. Thanks so much guys”
Dawn & Family

“What a fantastic experience to have Silk Street lead my mum’s funeral procession with a 12 piece New Orleans style Jazz Band. Silk Street showed up in full uniform with the presence of a thousand musicians. The tiny streets of Linden in Gloucester were swinging with that awesome New Orleans sound…Silk Street captured the spirit and made it happen, beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you”
Max Bullingham

New Orleans Funeral Questions

Can you give a performance as in the James Bond film ‘Live and Let Die’? Yes, this is a great example of the New Orleans Funeral. Many clients call us with this in mind.

What do you wear? We usually perform in smart all black or black and white. Some clients have requested we wear our red and white.

Can you play requests? Yes. We can perform hymns and requests. Please feel free to contact us and we can talk through the repertoire.

Do you play sombre music? Yes & No, if you prefer, we can perform uplifting spirituals only.

How much do you charge? This is dependent on location, how long you require us for and the size of the band. Please make an enquiry.

How to hire a funeral jazz band

You are able to watch the band perform live jazz at a recent funeral by viewing our video clips and listen to our audio samples online.

If you would like to discuss hiring the Funeral band please get in touch, or request our FREE New Orleans Funeral Jazz Band CD

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