Ivy Morgan offers her Morningside Heights home as a meeting place for the investigators. After Ivy and Connor clean themselves up and Jonas has some coffee, they discuss the evening’s events. Jonas believes they have witnessed a miracle. Ivy wonders if Manusco was really dead. Connor shows the group the business card he saw drop out of the trumpet player’s coat. It seems the trumpet player will be participating in a New Orleans-style funeral at 11:00am that morning. O’Shea also suggests that they check Manusco’s office and apartment for clues.
Alistair stands watch as the others enter Manusco’s office. The place has been tossed – all of the “B” files are missing from Manusco’s filing cabinet. Ivy finds a hastily written note by “J” advising Manusco to meet him at Blue Heaven Ballroom to discuss Manusco’s health and safety.
Upstairs, Jonas is able to pick the lock of Manusco’s apartment. The apartment is untouched, and the investigators are able to find some press clippings about a local mob boss. They also find a copy of Manusco’s savings account passbook. Unable to find any correlation between the two items, they hand the evidence off to Alistair, who quickly deduces that the dates on the press clippings correspond to the dates the savings account has been open. They quickly figure out that Manusco must have been employed as a mob accountant.
Ivy leaves early for her Sunday services, while the others stay behind to clean up and have breakfast. At 10:30am, they make their way to Harlem, where they hope to attend the funeral of Freddie Fayette, brother-in-law of 5-Star bandleader, Mitch Wester. As they walk up to the funeral home, they are joined by Ivy.
The investigators hang out at the back of the chapel as word spreads of their attendance. The funeral mass is well attended – Mitch Wester can be seen at the front of the chapel with his sister, Lizzie. As the pallbearers take Freddie’s coffin from the funeral home, the 5-Stars follow, along with immediate family, friends, and (finally) the investigators. Outside, the party walks towards Trinity Christian Cemetery, with the 5-Stars leading the march. Late again, the trumpet player emerges from a shady storefront and joins the band. Soon, their spirited version of Closer Walk With Thee, has the crowd buzzing.
Suddenly, Connor hears moaning – there’s a crash – and screams. Moving to the sidewalk, the investigators witness Freddie Fayette rise from his coffin. He begins to walk through the crowd. His wife confronts him (“Freddie, is that you?”). He sees his wife, screams at the sky, and falls dead. The crowd turns to the funeral director, Mr. Dupuy – “Buried ALIVE!” they scream. Without quick action, a riot may ensue. The investigators walk away from the hubbub.
In the distance, Connor sees a man in a dark-gray suit and a wide-brimmed hat following the action from the corner. He looks directly at Detective O’Shea, and then points out the trumpet player to his companion. They get in to a gray Packard and leave the scene.
Police officers disperse the crowd by firing their guns in to the air. Everyone scatters. Lost in the crowd is the trumpet player. The investigators wait for the police to come back towards the funeral home, and stop them when they arrive. Mitch Wester remembers the investigators from the evening before, and agrees to talk to them about the trumpet player.
Leroy Turner is ruining his reputation. His drinking is becoming a problem. He’s a top-notch trumpet player, but no one wants to work with him because he’s too unreliable. Mitch feels sorry for him, though. Leroy’s girlfriend, Marnie Smeaton, was run over by a car. No one ever found out who did it – they think it was college kids. Since then, Leroy’s been getting worse and worse.
Leroy recently got a new trumpet – he says it was a gift from none other than Louis Armstrong. Armstrong approached him after a gig and told Leroy how much he liked his playing. As a gift, Louis Armstrong gave him a rare, four-valve trumpet.
Wester knows that Leroy lives somewhere on 174th Street, but he’s unsure of the exact address. Over the course of the afternoon, the investigators question local Negroes and find out where Turner lives. His one room hovel is dirty, and holds only a suitcase full of clothing and a framed picture of a woman. The investigators decide to leave a message with the woman downstairs and exit the building.
Once outside, the investigators see Leroy walking up the street. Before they can intervene, a gray Packard pulls up to Turner, and two men force him in to the car at gunpoint. Alistair keeps an eye on the Packard while Connor pulls his car around. Following at a safe distance, Connor is able to tail the Packard to an alley near the Harlem River. The investigators park the car, arm themselves to the teeth and walk towards the alley.
Armed to the teeth, a Maine farmer, Harlem cult leader, NYPD vice detective, and King’s College History Professor, make their way cautiously down an alley near the Harlem River. They find the gray Packard used to kidnap jazz trumpeter Leroy Turner parked behind a brightly lit warehouse. Alistair and Jonas sneak along the side of the building, taking advantage of the worn and tattered blinds to get a view inside the warehouse. Imported booze is stored in boxes and barrels along the wall, while three men can be seen in heated discussion in the office. Through another window, Alistair makes out the shape of Leroy Turner, who is dozing in the chair he is tied to.
As Jonas goes to describe the scene to Connor and Ivy, Alistair overhears a conversation between the three hoods. Pete Manusco’s murderer, Joey Larson, is discussing what he saw at the Fayette funeral with Archie Bonato, reputed mob boss and silent owner of the Blue Heaven Ballroom, and getaway driver Jimmy Foster. Jonas, Ivy, and Connor enter the warehouse through the back door as the conversation continues. Things turn weird when Bonato asks Larson to shoot himself (“the colored guy should be able to raise you from the dead, after all,” quips Bonato). When Larson refuses, Bonato orders Jimmy Foster to shoot Larson. Larson tries to un-holster his weapon, but Bonato pulls his snub-nose .45 and blows out Larson’s brains. Bonato stands over Larson’s corpse, looks at Leroy Turner, and tells him to start playing his trumpet.
Several things happen – Turner begins playing his trumpet, detective O’Shea tells everyone to freeze, and Treasury Agent Roger Daniels and his g-men enter the warehouse. Everyone drops their weapons, as Daniels holds court, savoring the major-league collar that has just landed in his lap. Connor, Ivy, and Jonas are taken in to the alley, while Alistair meets them in back. Shouts and shots come from inside the warehouse. Two agents appear and comment on how they could have sworn the mobster was already dead. Daniels comes out of the warehouse, ordering an agent to take Leroy Turner in for questioning. Daniels smugly gives O’Shea and the other investigators their weapons, and tells them to leave.
The investigators walk to their car. At the end of the alley, they see a vehicle stopped in the intersection, and an agent screaming that Turner has gotten away. Putting one and one together, the investigators realize that Turner, finally aware of the power of his four-valve trumpet, will most likely make his way to the grave of his lost love, Marnie Smeaton. The race is on to Trinity Christian Cemetery.
When the investigators arrive at the cemetery, they see a young man locking the cemetery gates. When asked, the man is able to point the investigators to Marnie Smeaton’s grave. The investigators arrive just as Leroy Turner is putting the trumpet to his lips (“this next number is for Marnie,” he says). Leroy starts a mournful tune as detective O’Shea puts a bullet in his thigh. Alistair Sinclair aims for a more vital area, and blows Turner’s head off his shoulders.
Amongst the echoes of gunfire, the ground around Marnie Smeaton’s grave (not to be confused with the entire cemetery) begins to rumble, and a hand emerges. As the investigators scatter in every direction, the young man they met in front of the cemetery enters from the shadows. He calmly speaks to the investigators (“fuckin’ zombies!”), raises his shovel over his head, and brings it down on the body slowly pulling itself from the ground. Jonas takes Leroy Turner’s trumpet and runs. Professor Sinclair follows. The young man implores Ivy and Connor to put away their firearms and grab some blunt items from his tool shed. As Ivy and Connor run to the shed, the young man continues to beat on the emerging zombie. Connor arrives with a sledge hammer, and proceeds to bring it down on top of the zombie’s head. The young man delivers a telling blow with his shovel, and the zombie falls to the ground.
Jonas, freaked out and arriving at detective O’Shea’s car, proceeds to break in the passenger-side window, and tries to hotwire the vehicle. At Marnie’s grave, the young man introduces himself as Vincent Falker, and relates some previous zombie run-ins he’s had in Boston. He also asks that the trumpet be retrieved, so he can take a look at it. Connor hears the breaking of glass and goes to investigate. Vincent and Ivy discuss what needs to be done with the bodies.
Jonas successfully hot-wires Connor’s vehicle, and drives up to the cemetery entrance as Connor approaches. Connor, misconstruing Jonas’ intentions, punches the farmer in the face to keep him from stealing his vehicle. Jonas flees the vehicle, and Connor follows him. Alistair finds himself walking back and forth between Marnie Smeaton’s grave and the front entrance of the cemetery.
Connor and Jonas eventually find their way back to the cemetery. When everyone is reunited at Marnie Smeaton’s grave, Vincent takes a look at the trumpet. He points out some alien lettering inside the trumpet, and advises that it be destroyed. He also advises that the investigators help him burn the bodies of Turner and Smeaton in the crematorium. Bodies, brains, and embalming fluid are carefully loaded into a wheelbarrow and brought to the crematorium, where they are systematically burnt, along with the four-valve trumpet.