When: Fri., June 8, 9 p.m. and Sat., June 9, 9 p.m. 2012
Treasured tradition. For nearly 30 years, the Rebirth Brass Band has worked within the long-running New Orleans brass band tradition, playing on street corners, in parades, at funerals, and on concert hall stages. They easily switch from carefully orchestrated marching band arrangements to wild and funky contemporary styles.
Frazier Bros. on the case. Tuba/sousaphone player Phis Frazier and bass drummer Keith Frazier founded the Rebirth Brass Band with trumpeter Kermit Ruffins in 1982. They blew the audience away at that year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and recorded their first studio album in 1984. As the backbone of the rhythm section, the Fraziers still guide the group as they draw from jazz, blues, R&B, and hip-hop using horns and percussion. Their concerts could be among the highlights of this year's Wells Fargo Jazz Series.
The Treme connection. The Rebirth Brass Band's music recently enjoyed some play in the HBO series Treme, which is set in the band's neighborhood during the post-Katrina years. The Frazier brothers composed and contributed music for the series, and its soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011.
T. Ballard Lesemann