Tradition is a Temple

At last, now available on DVD. The blurb:

[A] modern look at traditional New Orleans music, drawing upon the city’s unique heritage to examine the fragility of tradition itself. The performance-based music documentary highlights the resilience of New Orleans musicians, accustomed to hardship and dedicated to their city, their culture, and their music…

The non-fiction film weaves together intimate personal discussions shot over a four year span with once-in-a-lifetime studio performances by New Orleans greats, such as Shannon Powell, Lucien Barbarin, Jason Marsalis, Topsy Chapman, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, Roland Guerin, The Tremé Brass Band and many more.

This portrait of New Orleans music culture highlights the musician’s upbringing and shows how tradition shaped their identity and continues to inspire young people today.