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Interview:
Rebirth Brass Band at Otus Supply, 3 Things To Know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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As ambassadors for New Orleans music go, the Rebirth Brass Band is one of the most active. And visible.

In addition to a busy performing schedule the troupe, formed during 193 by brothers Keith (bass drum) and Phil (tuba) Frazier, has appeared on HBO's "Treme" and CBS's "NCIS: New Orleans," among others, and in the film Skeleton Key. The group won the first Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album ("Rebirth Of New Orleans" in 2012), and drummer Derrick Tabb co-founded The Roots of Music, a non-profit sponsoring after-school programs for at-risk school children in Orleans Parish, for which other Rebirth members serve as mentors.

The group also brews its own Rebirth Pale Ale in New Orleans, but rest assured that its music goes down big, and easy, whether you're drinking it or not...

Rebirth was not necessarily designed for the long life it's had, Keith Frazier says by phone from Texas. "When we started, it was just a project," Frazier, 48, explains. "We were just doing it for fun, just to have something to do, really. We never thought it would last 30-plus years, so we're surprised by that. Musicians do have a tendency to be in music a long time, but I didn't think we would be in a group like that."

Rebirth's roles on "Treme" and "NCIS" have, of course, contributed to the group's popularity outside its home town. "What really happens is people know the sound of the band but they don't know who we are," Frazier says. "They'll like the music because they heard it, but they're not sure if we're the guys on the shows they saw. So when we come to town it's kinda like, 'That looks like the band I saw on TV. I'll check it out,' and when they check it out, they're sold."

Rebirth's last album, the aptly titled "Move Your Body," came out in 2014, which makes the group due for a follow-up. "We're always recording and playing new songs," Frazier says. "We have a regular Tuesday night gig (in New Orleans) and we make up songs on the spot and record the ideas on our phones so that the next time we're in the studio it'll be there. We always have a lot of tunes around, so that's one thing we don't worry about when it's time to record."

Rebirth Brass Band

Monday, Jan. 16. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Parliament Room in Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine MIle Road, Ferndale.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Call 248-291-6160 or visit otussupply.com.


Web Site: www.otussupply.com

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