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Rebirth Brass Band

As New Orleans music became more popular in the Northeast and festivals around the U.S. in the 1980s, two prominent brass bands from New Orleans took their music on the road: the Rebirth Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The truth is, both groups have much to offer, as does a third group of Crescent City-based musicians, the New Birth Brass Band.

The Rebirth Brass Band was formed in 1983 by tuba player Phil Frazier and his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Since the economics of keeping such a large group of musicians on the road in the '90s and into the new millennium was often a daunting task, there have been many personnel changes through the years. For example, Kermit Ruffins, now a prominent trumpeter and bandleader in his own right, worked with the Rebirth Brass Band throughout the '80s but left the group to start his own career in 1994. Similarly, trumpeter Shamarr Allen left the group to forge a solo career and has made a name for himself through theater gigs with Willie Nelson's band.

One significant break for the group came about when Allison Miner began managing them in the '80s. Through her network of contacts nationally, and internationally through her involvement with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, she was able to secure the band bookings at prestigious festivals around the U.S. and Europe. The band's discography is long and varied but began with a very small label run by musicologist Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie Records. In 1984, the band released its debut, Here to Stay, for Strachwitz's tiny label. By 1989, they landed at a then-growing roots music company, Rounder Records, to release Feel Like Funkin' It Up, and a slew of good recordings followed throughout the '90s. In 2008, they released 25th Anniversary, their 25th anniversary album, on their own label.

In the long run, it isn't the number or quality of albums Rebirth has released -- though their 2011 album, Rebirth of New Orleans, released in April 2011, did well on the jazz radio charts -- it's the great cross section of fans the band has attracted. Founder Phil Frazier has said he's proud of the diverse crowds the band regularly attracts at shows in New Orleans or anywhere else in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A wide spectrum of ages and ethnic groups finds something comfortable and something they can relate to in the meld of classic R&B, New Orleans funk, soul, rock, and jazz the band performs. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Noth'n as deep powerful as a band driven by power tuba player ... Damn fine stuff!
love to hear them and dirty dozen brass band...my favorites!!! !
They comin 2 Austin on feb.15 it's goin down N.O.L.A. 4life
deedee_macke y
Play dat boys.
I'm a Baltimore native and have been listening to Rebirth for about 7 years now and I FINALLY got the chance to see them live last night! I took my Dad to see them for Father's Day (he's a musician as well....but never heard of the band). Needless to say....we were both AMAZED by the performance! Can't wait till they come back to Baltimore... . o r until I go back to the NOLA to catch them in a second line!
grooveth
there are the hot band in the world go rebirth
I luv new Orleans n I'm neva leaving it dis my city
I feel like funkin it up while at work tho... S/O to my cousin Kermit Ruffins
Many many Sunday second line back in the days uptown downtown running with rebirth
i remember them second lines every sunday! i dont live in the n.o. no more so i go to some when i can get time ya heard me!!!!!!!!!! big coa baby
Ha love it I'm the only girl tromebone player in 7th grade and I'm the best follow me and I'll follow you
When you want a lift just listen to Rebirth.
BRAVO!
Saw them at NOLA Jazz Festival Sunday. TURNED IT OUT!!!!
THROW ME SUMPIN' MISTER! Makes me homesick for NOLA!
I played flute in the high school band with these guys. I knew yall would make it. Glad I can listen to the Rebirth Jazz band anytime. Thanks Pandora
and before Papa Grows Funk, they raised the roof. Made it tell the dawn with several hundred other music lovers. CAN I GET AN AMEN!!!
If these guys don't get your A$$ shakin you've got no pulse. When they came on At 2 in the AM at the Maple Leaf After Gorge Port
just saw the band last night in Ann Arbor, Mi...man can they get a crowd moving..gr8 music and history of the music that originated in New Orleans
Reminds me of when I played my high school marching band. We always played a couple of their song.
Seen these guys live at a music festival I went to. They blew my mind! was boogeying the whole time!
luv Rebirth
I love Rebirth Brass Band. New Orleans is the place to be. Second line music is really over looked and underrated.
thetala
I have seen these guys live, there is nothing like it! If you ever get to New Orleans, they play every Tuesday night in town!
Just can't beat the music from New Orleans.
come back to Boston!
Rebirth came to san francisco for new years eve show. Lucky to have them. We loved 'em here.
Rebirth Along with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Saint Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band have done wonders to bringing back an audience of young people to Traditional New Orleans Music all around the world. Keep it coming guys.
tfinlo
This is so Right. So good. So real.
WOW!!!
zsteinda
In the words of the great Rebirth, "Do Watcha Wanna...."
I feel like funkin it funkin it up!!!!!..... . . . . .
seanbechtold
Maple Leaf, Oak Street, Tuesday nights... smoke up and roll out!! See y'all tonight?
I just love it!
rhonda.rhine s
Classic!!!!! ! !
"MUSIC....."
A a native New Orleanian I could second line to rebirth any time ya heard me!
dawnroth
This song was used on the first episode of TREME on HBO, in which Kermit Ruffins is a cast member. Awesome!
hatterashans
saw them recently in baton rouge - off the hook! - RE-BIRTH, RE-BIRTH, RE-BIRTH!
saw these guys last night with dumpstaphunk . sick sick sick!!!
shopping82
These guys are oozing joy, fun and good tyme spirit. Brings back fond memories of my many visits to the big easy. Thank God they are keeping the music alive! Wish we had these guys on the street corners of Chicago!
kjjacobsen
Sadly we don't get this in Colorado - thank goodness for the Internet!
kjjacobsen
Can't get enough!
saintanism
These guys are awesome live. I use to see them all the time when I lived in uptown New Orleans...Lo n g live the Maple Leaf!
metk5031
saw them live...AMAZI N G ! the energy in the room just keeps building and building. they love making the music they are playing and i love listening to them.
raynonmckee
These guys were my neighbors and friends. One of my brothers is in the Dirty Dozen, so I love this music. Making me want to second line!

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