This week, let's take a look at some videos of New Orleans' Rebirth Brass Band, who will be coming back to St. Louis to perform on Friday, September 1 at the Atomic Cowboy Pavilion.
Formed in 1983 by brothers Keith and Phillip Frazier, Rebirth Brass Band is, along with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one of the longest running of the contemporary groups re-inventing the New Orleans brass band tradition. Their most recent recording is 2014’s Move Your Body on the Basin Street Records label, which was the follow-up to their 2012 Grammy Award-winning album Rebirth of New Orleans, and they were here in St. Louis last in September 2016 for a show at the same venue.
Today, you can see a half-dozen videos featuring some fan favorites from RBB's repertoire, starting up above with a version of one of their signature songs, Do Whatcha Wanna," recorded in 2014 in New Orleans for the web series Jam in the Van.
After the jump, there's a video of Move Your Body" recorded at the same session, followed by a full set of music recorded in 2012 at the Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans.
The fourth video shows the RBB doing their version of the New Orleans standard Big Chief," recorded in 2011 at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
Next is a medley of two more of their best-known tunes, Rebirth Groove" and Feel Like Funkin It Up," recorded in February 2014 at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL.
The final clip is a riff on another New Orleans classic, I Like It Like That," recorded in 2011 for the radio program Soundcheck" on WNYC in New York City.
I love jazz because it's been a life's work.
I was first exposed to jazz by my father.
I met Hampton Hawes.
The best show I ever attended was Les McCann.
The first jazz record I bought was Herbie Hancock.
My advice to new listeners is to listen at a comfortable volume.