Jazz Appreciation Month: Rebirth Brass Band

Founded in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, Phil and Keith, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, the Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution.  They tour across the world and have appeared in David Simon’s HBO hit “Tremé.”

You can also catch them every Tuesday night at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans or, if you are in town for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, you see them perform this Saturday, April 27 at 3:40pm on the Congo Square Stage.  Click here for Saturday’s schedule.

The Rebirth Brass Band is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show.  Their signature brand of brass funk has won over several generations of music lovers.  In 2012 the Rebirth Brass Band won its first Grammy for Best Regional Roots album for their album “Rebirth of New Orleans.”  Be sure to listen to the them on our Jazz Appreciation Month playlist.

Rebirth Brass Band “Rebirth of New Orleans” Album Cover (Basin Street Records)

Among the members of Rebirth is Derrick Tabb, who is the Co-Founders and Executive Director of The Roots of Music, a Berklee City Music Network Member.  The Roots of Music runs year round music education and academic programs, providing kids ages 9-14 with programming in the areas of music, academic mentoring, positive behaviors, civic responsibility, and life skills where the goal is to give the youth of New Orleans the resources to live positive, productive, self-reliant lives.

Derrick Tabb teaching students at The Roots of Music
Derrick Tabb Teaching Students at The Roots of Music

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