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The Rebirth Brass Band

As New Orleans music became more popular in the Northeast and festivals around the U.S. in the 1980s, two prominent brass bands from New Orleans took their music on the road: the Rebirth Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The truth is, both groups have much to offer, as does a third group of Crescent City-based musicians, the New Birth Brass Band.

The Rebirth Brass Band was formed in 1983 by tuba player Phil Frazier and his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Since the economics of keeping such a large group of musicians on the road in the '90s and into the new millennium was often a daunting task, there have been many personnel changes through the years. For example, Kermit Ruffins, now a prominent trumpeter and bandleader in his own right, worked with the Rebirth Brass Band throughout the '80s but left the group to start his own career in 1994. Similarly, trumpeter Shamarr Allen left the group to forge a solo career and has made a name for himself through theater gigs with Willie Nelson's band.

One significant break for the group came about when Allison Miner began managing them in the '80s. Through her network of contacts nationally, and internationally through her involvement with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, she was able to secure the band bookings at prestigious festivals around the U.S. and Europe. The band's discography is long and varied but began with a very small label run by musicologist Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie Records. In 1984, the band released its debut, Here to Stay, for Strachwitz's tiny label. By 1989, they landed at a then-growing roots music company, Rounder Records, to release Feel Like Funkin' It Up, and a slew of good recordings followed throughout the '90s. In 2008, they released 25th Anniversary, their 25th anniversary album, on their own label.

In the long run, it isn't the number or quality of albums Rebirth has released -- though their 2011 album, Rebirth of New Orleans, released in April 2011, did well on the jazz radio charts -- it's the great cross section of fans the band has attracted. Founder Phil Frazier has said he's proud of the diverse crowds the band regularly attracts at shows in New Orleans or anywhere else in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A wide spectrum of ages and ethnic groups finds something comfortable and something they can relate to in the meld of classic R&B, New Orleans funk, soul, rock, and jazz the band performs. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Move Your Body

1. Lord, Lord, Lord, You've Sure Been Good To Me

2. Rebirth Makes You Dance

3. Move Your Body

4. Your Mama Don't Dance

5. Take 'Em To The Moon

6. Rebirth Groove

7. On My Way

8. Who's Rockin', Who's Rollin'?

9. Hbns

10. Texas Pete

11. What Are We Gonna Do? / Banner Man

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Track List: Rebirth Of New Orleans

1. Exactly Like You

2. I Like It Like That

3. You Know You Know

4. The Dilemma

5. Ap Touro

6. What Goes Around Comes Around

7. Do Itagain

8. Why Your Feet Kurt

9. Shrimp And Gumbo

10. Feehn' Free

11. Let's Go Get 'em

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Track List: Why You Worried 'bout Me?

1. Why You Worried 'bout Me?

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Track List: Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band

1. (I Feel Like) Busting Loose

2. Do Whatcha Wanna

3. New Orleans Music

4. Carnival Time

5. Feel Like Funkin' It Up

6. Let's Do It Again

7. Cassanova

8. All Blues

9. I Ate Up The Apple Tree

10. Just The Two Of Us

11. Tornado Special / Ooh Nah Nay

12. Shotgun Joe

13. Let Me Do My Thing

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Track List: Hot Venom

1. New Orleans Music

2. Rebirth Melody/Casanova

3. You Don't Want To Go To War

4. Rockin' On Your Stinkin' A**

5. Pop That P**sy

6. Hot Venom

7. Thinking About Ya

8. Let's Do It Again

9. Doing Bad

10. Let Me Do My Thing

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Track List: The Main Event: Live At The Maple Leaf

1. Intro (Live)

2. Blackbird Special (Live)

3. It's All Over Now (Live)

4. Don't Start No S**t! (Live)

5. Just The Two Of Us (Live)

6. The Main Event, A. Tornado Special, B. Waterfalls, C. Ooh Nah Nay, D. Rebirth On Fire (Live)

7. We Come To Party (Live)

8. (I Feel Like) Bustin Loose (Live) (Bonus Track)

9. Carnival Time (Live) (Bonus Track)

10. I Ate Up The Apple Tree (Live) (Bonus Track)

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Track List: We Come To Party

1. Don't U Wish

2. Fire

3. Roll With It

4. Why U With Me

5. Liberian Girl

6. We Come To Party

7. Glory, Glory / Jesus On The Mainline

8. U Been Watchin' Me

9. Let's Get It On

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Track List: Do Watcha Wanna

1. Do Whatcha Wanna

3. All Blues

4. Shotgun Joe

5. My Song

6. When The Saints Go Marchin' In

7. Four Leaf Clover

8. Bye And Bye

9. Back Home Again In Indiana

10. All Of Me

11. You Can't Fly If You're Too High

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Track List: Take It To The Street

1. Take It To The Street

2. Caledonia / Flip, Flop & Fly / Ragg Mopp

3. Pie Pt. 2

4. Steppin' Out

5. Chameleon

6. Concert Band Clinic

7. Same Thing On

8. Keep That Body Shaking

9. Tornado Special

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Track List: Rebirth Kickin' It Live!

1. Kidd Jordan's Second Line (Live)

2. Freedom (Live)

3. I've Found A New Baby (Live)

4. Talk That S**t Now (Live)

5. Tin Roof / Back O' Town Blues (Live)

6. Rebirth Kickin' It Live (Live)

7. Grazin' In The Grass (Live)

8. Ain't No Shame In My Game (Live)

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Track List: Feel Like Funkin' It Up

1. Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 2

2. Big Chief

3. I Feel Like Funkin' It Up

4. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead

5. Leave That Pipe Alone

6. Mexican Special

7. Shake Your Body Down To The Ground

8. I'm Walkin'

9. Big Fat Woman

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