Rebirth Brass Band

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Small group from the Rebirth playing for a parade, 2007

The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans brass band. The group was founded in 1983 by tuba/sousaphone player Philip Frazier, his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins,[1] along with other school marching band members from Joseph S. Clark Senior High School in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood.[2]:112 The band released its first album in 1984 on Arhoolie Records which was recorded in a Treme neighborhood bar, and in 1989 gained wider notice with a series of releases on Rounder Records.[1]

Rebirth is known for combining traditional New Orleans brass band music, including the New Orleans tradition of second line, with funk, jazz, soul and hip hop.[2]:113 In 1993, Ruffins and Rebirth split amicably after Ruffins decided not to accompany the band on a trip to Africa. Ruffins later formed his own band, the Barbecue Swingers.[2]:121

Rebirth's longstanding regular Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans is one of the pillars of the New Orleans music scene, and has served as a reliable introduction to the city's nightlife for many new arrivals to the city.

The band regularly tours North America and Europe. In 2011, Basin Street Records released the CD Rebirth of New Orleans, which reached number 1 on the CMJ Jazz charts and earned the group a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album.[3]


Rebirth Brass Band[edit]

  • 1984 - Here to Stay! [issued as by ReBirth Jazz Band] - Arhoolie Records
  • 1989 - Feel Like Funkin' It Up - Rounder Records
  • 1991 - Do Whatcha Wanna
  • 1991 - Rebirth Kickin' It Live
  • 1992 - Take It To The Street
  • 1994 - Rollin'
  • 1997 - We Come To Party
  • 1999 - Main Event: Live At The Maple Leaf
  • 2001 - Hot Venom
  • 2004 - Rebirth for Life
  • 2004 - Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band (best-of compilation)
  • 2005 - Throwback
  • 2007 - Never A Dull Moment: 20 Years of... (DVD)
  • 2008 - 25! 25th Anniversary Album
  • 2011 - Rebirth of New Orleans
  • 2014 - Move Your Body

Other Contributions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Skelly, Richard. AllMusic Profile. Retrieved 2013-02-9]
  2. ^ a b c Burns, Mick. Keeping the Beat On the Street: The New Orleans Brass Band Renaissance. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006.
  3. ^ Spera, Keith. (February 11, 2012). "Rebirth Brass Band wins its first Grammy Award". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2013-02-9.
  4. ^ "2776, a Comedy Space Opera Made By a Crazy Number of Famous People" Anthony D'Alessandro 07-09-14. Retrieved on 07-14-14

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