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Rebirth Brass Band

The Rebirth Brass Band rose from the streets of New Orleans to international renown with a mix of the brass-band tradition and a refreshingly modern sensibility. The Rebirth Brass Band mastered the traditional jazz sound of their hometown and then melded it with funk, R&B and, most recently, hip-hop, they are as capable with spirituals and rags as it is with brass-band boogie. Formed in the early ‘80’s by Philip Frazier, Keith Frazier and Kermit Ruffins, all former schoolmates, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Spodie's Back

Read "Spodie's Back" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Still a teenager when signed to Quincy Jones' Warner Bros. subsidiary, Qwest, trumpeter Derrick Shezbie was nonetheless a veteran on this debut as leader--having been playing in the traditionalist Rebirth Brass Band for several years already. Produced by fellow Crescent City native Delfeayo Marsalis, “Spodie's Back" is a much more modernistic outing than anything ...

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Element Brass Band

Sacramento’s Element Brass Band will make you MOVE! E.B.B. are one of the premier bands on the West Coast for New Orleans Second Line. The band recently released their second album, “Cali Got A Brass Band” in the start of 2018. Element have toured New Orleans, New York City and Atlanta, and have performed at many venues including the High Sierra Music Festival, Guitarfish, the Fillmore, the New Parish, The Boom Boom Room, and Ace Of Spades. They have opened for GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Blackalicious, Andy Frasco, The California Honeydrops, Turkuaz, Big Sam's Funky Nation, A Tribe Called Red, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Jellybread, Katdelic, Wil Blades, Victor Little, DJ Logic, New Kingston and many others

ARTICLE: PROFILE

A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Read "A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival" reviewed by Arthur R George

It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The return of Rebirth Brass Band

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The return of Rebirth Brass Band

This week, let's take a look at some videos of New Orleans' Rebirth Brass Band, who will be coming back to St. Louis to perform on Friday, September 1 at the Atomic Cowboy Pavilion. Formed in 1983 by brothers Keith and Phillip Frazier, Rebirth Brass Band is, along with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one of ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

The New Orleans All-Star Brass Band: Do You Know What It Means?

Read "The New Orleans All-Star Brass Band: Do You Know What It Means?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This article was originally published in October 2006. It has been said that the truest expression of a people is in its music and dance. That being the case, then pianist {m: Herbie Hancock was right on the money when he described jny: New Orleans as “the soul of our country. The nation's soul ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective

Read "The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective" reviewed by Charles Suhor

The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective Thomas W. Jacobsen 208 Pages ISBN: 0807156981 LSU Press 2014 This article first appeared in the American Book Review (January-February 2015 issue). Full disclosure: I've long been an admirer of Thomas Jacobsen's writing, the catholicity of his musical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Glen David Andrews at the Rockwood Music Hall

Read "Glen David Andrews at the Rockwood Music Hall" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Glen David Andrews with special guest Henry Butler Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY June 18, 2014 Glen David Andrews is a showman--pure and simple. He thrives in the spotlight. Shine a spotlight on the man and he comes alive. He is a force of nature, and one to be reckoned ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans

Read "Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans Matt Sakakeeny 248 pages ISBN: 978-0-8223-5567-0 Duke University Press 2013 In his fascinating book Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, ethnomusicologist and journalist Matt Sakakeeny delves deep into one of the great institutions ...


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