Brass funk bumps at State Bridge |

Brass funk bumps at State Bridge

Andrew Harley
Tipitina's March 25, 2004

Rebirth Brass Band formed in 1983, playing on the streets and small venues of New Orleans. Since then, the nine-piece band has found popularity, built an international fanbase and performs most of its shows at theaters and festivals.Rebirth preserves traditional brass band music while dipping its horns into many musical influences and genres.

Though the band’s been blowing brass for more than 20 years, it still appeals to young crowds because of the energy and joy of its heavy funk.The brass players are tuba player Philip Frazier, trumpet player Derek Shezbie, trumpet player Glen Andrews, Stafford Agee on trombone, Keith Frazier on bass drum, Revert Andrews on trombone, Ajay Mallery on snare drum and Rudy Weber on saxophone.”It’s clear that Rebirth, which boasts 10 albums and has traveled the world, is the band to beat,” said Offbeat magazine in June 2001.

The band was also inducted to Tipitina’s “Walk of Fame” on April 26.Rebirth Brass Band has shared the stage with many of the most influential acts of the past four decades, including the Grateful Dead, the Meters, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Dr. John, Maceo Parker, Ani DiFranco and The Ohio Players.They’ve toured Europe – 20 times – Africa and Japan.

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