Louis Armstrong, c. 1925.
Courtesy of the Frank Driggs Collection.
“New Orleans Function/Didn’t He Ramble”
Louis Armstrong All Stars
The New Orleans function—the slow dirge and happy, up-tempo march that are performed as part of a traditional funeral—is a living tradition, born out of the saying “mourn at birth and celebrate at death.” Here Louis performs the march, “Didn’t He Ramble.”