Jazz parade in Molde, Norway to commemorate terrorist victims

The terrorist attack on Norway coincided with the annual Molde Jazz Festival, which traditionally concludes with a jazz parade through the city. The festival organizers changed their parade route to lead to the Molde Cathedral, and the performers played a solemn jazz funeral march through town. The video (not embeddable, unfortunately -- thanks for the embed code, Costeau!) is incredibly moving. Google Translate from Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet follows:

Today it goes to Molde Cathedral which has opened its doors to all who need help to cope with grief, uncertainty and despair. 11 young people from Molde in Utøya, and their fate is still unclear.

Jazz ceremony, the 60 to 70 young people from Hampshire, sets the "West Lawn Dirge", an old funeral march from New Orleans. The plaintive f-minor theme, followed by some slightly lighter stroke before the mourning mood again takes over, filling the main street. Silent people wreaths march route. Many of them crying, and eventually ends several hundred to the parade, follow it into the cathedral and takes in the bishops' words of comfort and a standing invitation at any time to seek help in the large, quiet room.

Moldejazz i sørgemoll (via Making Light)


  1. What an incredible way to remember people. Music is a far better expression than the pomp of a traditional ceremony, my hat goes off to those mourning.

    Speaking of hats, the man in the top hat looks incredible..

  2. The gentleman wearing the top hat and scarf on the right side of the image appears to be Lionel Bastite, drummer of the Treme Brass Band, from New Orleans, Louisiana.  I’m sure he knows he carries with him the thoughts and prayers of everyone from New Orleans, and the US, as folks try to comprehend and come to terms with the recent tragedy.

  3. I don’t know how anyone had a dry eye. I was fighting back tears just watching the video. Music is powerful; music can really drive home the reality of a situation.

  4. I recognize the significance of the priest and Lionel Bastite, but who are the other two at the front of the procession — the man in the brown sportcoat and the young woman in black and red?

    1. The woman on the left is the bishop. The man in the middle is the dean, and the girl on the right is the regular parade dancer.

  5. Sorry to cuss out your prose but there is probably more than
    one city in Norway… Try inserting “of (Oslo?)” at the end of your
    introductory sentence :-)

    1. The city in question is Molde, which is the proper noun in that sentence that the generic “city” refers to. The reason I didn’t have to enumerate an explicit city in that sentence again is because I already had. You see, I *do* know that there are many cities in Norway, because I have visited them on several occasions.

  6. I’m glad to see so many people in Norway love what’s best about the US.  I have to say that the presence of Lionel Batiste really made it hit home for me.

  7. Wait, were they terror victims, or terrorist victims? I suppose Glen Beck would call the victims terrorists if they were Hitler Youth….

    1. People are killed by terrorists, not terror. A less ambiguous (and less compact) phrasing would have been “victims of terrorist” but brevity trumps absolute clarity in headlines.

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