Rebirth Brass Band Brought a Little Bit of New Orleans to the Desert

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Rebirth Brass Band at MIM in Phoenix, Arizona

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Venue: Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Date: Monday October 21st, 2019

Did you ever go to a concert and just wanted to have a good time?  Well that is what will happen when you see the Rebirth Brass Band.  Just listening to them make you feel good and also you will want to get up and dance to the music.  This is what New Orleans’s jazz is designed to do.

Rebirth Brass Band at MIM in Phoenix, Arizona

The band was started by the Frazier bothers (Phil and Keith) and over the years many members have come and gone from the group.  Current members visiting the MIM were, Keith Frazier playing bass drum, Chadrick Honroe singing and playing trumpet, Glenn Hall singing and playing trumpet, Jenard Andrews playing snare drum, Stafford Agee singing and playing trombone, Vincent Broussard singing and playing sax.  Founding member Phil Frazier was not able to make it due to medical issues, so Clifton Smith took over playing the sousaphone.  Phil, I hope you are feeling better and have a speedy recovery.  We missed you.

Glenn Hall and Stafford Agee of Rebirth Brass Band at MIM in Phoenix, Arizona

The band did 2 1-hour sets.  The MIM is a seating venue so it was hard for people to get up and dance, but a few did move to the wings and danced.  Even without the dancing, the audience seemed to have a great time by clapping along with the band and giving the band multiple ovations.  You could tell that the band was also having a good time with them moving around on the stage and Glenn dancing around.  It seemed that Stafford was having a hard time playing the trombone.  I found out later that he was having bad shoulder pain.  But as a trouper he worked through the pain and still gave us an outstanding performance.  Actually, the entire band was amazing.  And with the acoustics at the MIM you could hear them perfectly.  I could even hear Glenn as he clapped away from the mics.

If you get to New Orleans and happen to be there on a Tuesday night, instead of visiting the touristy French Quarter, go see some real jazz at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street and you might even hear Rebirth Brass Band (https://www.mapleleafbar.com/ ).  Also, to see some amazing jazz and have a New Orleans experience go to New Orleans between April 23rd and May 3rd, 2020 to see the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  Here are the details: https://www.nojazzfest.com/ .

If you want a top-notch experience and hear some great music, then the MIM is definitely the place to visit.  They mainly have blues, jazz, country and world music performances.  If you go to their website you can find their location and the upcoming concerts.  They have over 250 shows per year and I am sure you will find 1 to your liking.  Here is the link to their upcoming concerts: https://mim.org/concerts/upcoming-concerts/ .

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved

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