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"Turner straddles religions, music, the performance arts, languages, nationalities, and identities skillfully... with aplomb, with brio, in a language all his own that sings." ―Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
"If you are interested in New Orleans jazz, Voodoo, Haiti, and what underlies these important topics, this is definitely the book to have on hand for frequent reference. The author has done a splendid job, and the reader will find this book a helpful treasure of reading material." ―jazzreview.com
"Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans is a provocative examination of the role of religion and music in modern American culture with a particular focus on the way that history hasw forced change in complex communities." ―Southern Quarterly
"Turner (Univ. of Iowa) has written an outstanding study of jazz religion and the second line in New Orleans, the 'most African city' in the US. This study is both personal and academic... Highly recomended." ―Choice
"Students of 'popular religion' will find in Turner’s work a fascinating study of a religious tradition flourishing almost entirely outside of institutional boundaries, while those with an interest in the history of jazz or the city of New Orleans will find gems of insight valuable to students of both." ―Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
"A well-written, well-researched, thoughtful, and generative book." ―George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara