Tradition Is a Temple

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Tradition Is a Temple
Theatrical poster
Directed by Darren Hoffman
Produced by Darren Hoffman
Kristen McEntyre
Patrick Stafford
Written by Darren Hoffman
Starring The King of TremeShannon Powell
Jason Marsalis
Roland Guerin
Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
Lucien Barbarin
Steve Masakowski
Ed Petersen
Chuck Perkins
The Baby Boyz Brass Band
The Treme Brass Band
Narrated by Chuck Perkins
Cinematography James Laxton
Edited by Darren Hoffman
Benedict Kasulis
Ryland Jones
Distributed by Self Distributed
Release date
  • November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget Under US$ 100,000

Tradition Is a Temple is an American documentary film about New Orleans jazz culture and modernization’s effect on American traditions.


Contemporary New Orleans jazz musicians discuss their childhood introductions to music in Baptist churches and through local traditions like second line (parades) and Jazz Funerals, and the role of Danny Barker in keeping traditional New Orleans Jazz alive through the 70’s and 80’s. Asking the artists point blank, director Darren Hoffman explores the potential “death” of traditional jazz through modernization and marginalization and its preservation through mentorship and the continuation of traditions that intrigue and inspire young people to play the music of previous generations.

Performances and Production[edit]

In addition to in depth personal interviews, Tradition is a Temple is composed of various multi-camera professional studio recordings. The performances were recorded by Steve Reynolds (sound engineer) at the University of New Orleans School of Music. The production took place completely post-Hurricane Katrina beginning in August 2006.

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