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Artist Profiles: Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band

New Orleans ensemble Rebirth Brass Band was formed in 1983. The group carries musical tradition through the decades with a revolving cast of musicians.

Brothers Philip and Keith Frazier and their friend Kermit Ruffins first started the band with members of the Joseph S. Clark Senior High School marching band. Rebirth has recorded many albums won a Grammy and toured Europe and the U.S.

Rebirth Brass Band has seen its share of hardships. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated their home city including the neighborhood of Treme which is now widely known due to the HBO TV series of the same name which followed neighborhood citizens as they rebuilt their homes and lives. Through the years Rebirth Brass Band which was featured in the series has used music to create hope unity and a sense of place even while marching around the world.

Discography:

Here to Stay! (Arhoolie Records, 1984)
Feel Like Funkin’ It Up (Rounder Records, 1989)
Do Whatcha Wanna (Mardi Gras Records, 1991)
Rebirth Kickin’ It Live (Rounder Records, 1991)
Take It To The Street (Rounder Records, 1992)
Rollin’ (Rounder Records, 1994)
We Come To Party (Shanachie, 1997)
Main Event: Live At The Maple Leaf (Mardi Gras Records, 1999)
Hot Venom (Mardi Gras Records, 2001)
Rebirth for Life (2004)
Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band (Mardi Gras Records, 2004)
Throwback (Basin Street Records, 2005)
25! 25th Anniversary Album (2008)
Rebirth of New Orleans (Basin Street Records, 2011)
Move Your Body (Basin Street Records, 2014)

DVDs:

Never A Dull Moment (2007)

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101 Brass Band to perform at WOMAD Gran Canaria 2017

101 Brass Band

101 Brass Band is set to perform Friday, November 10, 2017 at WOMAD Gran Canaria. The concert will take place at 7:00 pm on stage 2 at Parque de Santa Catalina in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

101 Brass Band was formed in La Orotava in northern Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) in early 2014. The musicians were inspired by Balkan, South American and U.S. brass bands.

The band, known among its numerous followers as “La 101”, owes its name to a well-known and busy bus line in northern Tenerife that connects the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Puerto de la Cruz, stopping in all towns.

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Rap and Balkan Brass

Mr. Lif and Brass Menazeri – Resilient

Mr. Lif and Brass Menazeri – Resilient (Waximile Productions, 2017)

Resilient brings together hip hop artist Mr. Lif and San Francisco Bay area brass band Brass Menazeri. Resilient is essentially a mainstream rap album with Balkan-style brass.

If you like hip hop and don’t mind the explicit lyrics, this is a rare combination that may appeal to you.

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West Philly Orchestra’s Balkan Party

West Philly Orchestra (WPO) – Tour De Filli

West Philly Orchestra (WPO) – Tour De Filli (Fly Bottle Records, 2016)

On Tour De Filli, the West Philly Orchestra Album plays fun, infectious Balkan dance music. The ensemble’s foundation is Eastern European brass band music, Gypsy melodies, American jazz improvisation and vocals by Bulgarian artist Petia Zamfirova who sings in English, Romani and Bulgarian.

 

 

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Artist Profiles: Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

In 1977 the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional local brass band. It was a joining of two proud but antiquated traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements.

Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges then once the family of the deceased was out of hearing range, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets.

By the late 1970s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band and over the course of these early performances, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Thirty years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music band whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-energy performances. They have revitalized the brass band sound in New Orleans and around the world progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents.

The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes.

Discography

My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now (Concord Jazz 1984)
Live: Mardi Gras in Montreaux (Rounder 1986)
Voodoo (Columbia 1987)
The New Orleans Album (Columbia 1989)
Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do for the Rest of Your Life (Columbia 1991)
Jelly (Columbia 1993)
Ears to the Wall (Mammoth 1996)
Buck Jump (Mammoth 1999)
Medicated Magic (Ropeadope Records 2002)
We Got Robbed: Live in New Orleans (2003)
Funeral for a Friend (Ropeadop 2004)
This is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band compilation (Shout! Factory 25)
What’s Going On (Shout! Factory 2006)
Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard 2007)
Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012)

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MarchFourth’s New Orleans Adventure

MarchFourth – Magic Number (MarchFourth, 2016)

Despite being based in the West Coast, the music of brass band MarchFourth has deep roots in the sound of New Orleans. MarchFourth is a very large ensemble featuring a considerable brass and percussion section plus electric guitars and bass. Additionally, MarchFourth includes gymnasts, costumes, dancers and entertainers on stilts in its live shows.

The band’s latest album Magic Number was recorded in New Orleans and features an irresistible mix of jazz and funk along with some rock numbers, fiery blues harmonica and some Latin American influences. All the music is original, composed by band members.

MarchFourth’s sound has evolved and features more guitar and vocals than previous albums. The band’s name has also changed from MarchFourth! Marching Band to simply MarchFourth.

The lineup includes Katie Presley and Paul Chandler on trumpets; Daniel Lamb and Anthony Meade on trombones; Michelle Christiansen on alto saxophone; Cameron DePalma and Andy Shapiro on tenor saxophone; Jon Vancura on baritone and bass saxophone; Jenny DiDonato on drums and percussion; Cheo Larcombe on bass drum and percussion; Will McKinney on toms and percussion; Dan Stauffer on cymbals; and Jake Wood on snare drums and percussion; John Averill on electric bass; Jon Vancura on guitar; and Taylor Aglipay on guitars and baritone saxophone.

 

 

Magic Number features the following guests: Trombone Shorty on trombone; Stanton Moore on drums; Matt Perrine on tuba; and Ben Ellman on harmonica.

 

 

MarchFourth’s Magic Number is a delightful and highly entertaining explosion of brass, drums and much more.

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The Thunderous Sound of Red Baraat

Red Baraat – Bhangra Pirates (Rhyme & Reason Records, 2017)

American brass band Red Baraat is heading in an exciting new direction. Their 2017 album, Bhangra Pirates is an explosive mix of irresistible bhangra beats, funk, jazz and the mighty sound of a brass band. Now that they’ve gotten rid of the annoying rapping that appeared in some of the previous albums, Red Baraat’s South Asian sound is more musical, fluid and much easier to enjoy.

The lineup on this album includes Sunny Jain on dhol, effects and vocals; Rohin Khemani on percussion; Sonny Singh on trumpet; Ernest Stuart on trombone; Jonathan Goldberger on guitar; Delicate Steve on guitar; MiWi La Lupa on bass trumpet and vocals; Chris Eddleton on drum set; Tomas Fujiwara on drum set; John Altieri on sousaphone and effects; Jon Lampley on sousaphone and effects; Jonathon Haffner on soprano and alto saxophone; and Mike Bomwell on soprano and baritone saxophone.

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Hot 8 Brass Band, Masters of New Orleans Jazz

Hot 8 Brass Band – On The Spot (TruThoughts, 2017)

The best American brass band tradition in the United States comes from New Orleans and one of the finest bands currently is Hot 8 Brass Band. Their irresistible hip-shaking style incorporates traditional New Orleans jazz mixed with funk.

 

 

On The Spot gives the listener the feel of an enticing New Orleans band playing in the street during celebrations. “We are privileged to tour and to tell the stories of life in our city, to keep alive the memories of our band members who have passed, as well as all the musicians who have gone before”, says band leader and tuba player Bennie Pete.

 

 

Hot 8 Brass Band will embark on an international tour in March. This will be great opportunity to experience the unique sound of New Orleans performed by some of the most talented horn players and percussionists in the current scene.

‘On The Spot’ Tour Dates (with more TBA)

1 March, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD (AUS)
2 March, Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD (AUS)
3 March, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD (AUS)
4 March, Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ, Girrakool, NSW (AUS)
8 March, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW (AUS)
9 March, Badlands, Perth, WA (AUS)
10 March, WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA (AUS)
11 March, WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA (AUS)
15 March, Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC (AUS)
17 March, WOMAD New Zealand (NZ)
18 March, WOMAD New Zealand (NZ)
4 April, The Roundhouse, London (UK)
5 April, The Quarterhouse, Folkestone (UK)
6 April, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (UK)
7 April, Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool (UK)
8 April, Old Granada Studios, Manchester (UK)
9 April, Guild Hall, Preston (UK)
11 April, Liquid Room, Edinburgh (UK)
12 April, O2 ABC, Glasgow (UK)
13 April, The Wardrobe, Leeds (UK)
14 April, O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK)
16 April, Transatlantik Festival, Hamburg (GER)
19 April, Webster Hall Marlin Room, New York, NY (USA)
20 April, Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA (USA)
21 April, Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA (USA)
22 April, ONCE Ballroom, Somerville, MA (USA)
29 April, Katowice Jazz Art, Katowice (PL)
1 May, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (UK)
2 May, O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield (UK)
3 May, The Fleece, Bristol (UK)
4 May, Tramshed, Cardiff (UK)
5 May, The Factory, Barnstaple (UK)
8 May, Boiler shop, Newcastle (UK)
9 May, The Welly, Hull (UK)
10 May, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick (UK)
11 May, Pocklington Arts Centre, Pocklington (UK)
12 May, The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender, Camber Sands (UK)
17 May, New Morning, Paris (FR)
19 May, Open Air, Voiron (FR) [early show]
19 May, Le Fil – Radio Nova Nuit Zébrée, St Etienne (FR) [LATE SHOW]
20 May, Rush, Rouen (FR)
27 May, Denver Day of Rock, Denver, CO (USA)
30 May, The Crocodile, Seattle, WA (USA)
31 May, Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR (USA)
1 June, The Dip, Redding, CA (USA)
2 June, The Independent, San Francisco, CA (USA)
3 June, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA (USA)
4 June, House Of Blues San Diego – Voodoo Room, San Diego, CA (USA)
7 June, Antone’s, Austin, TX (USA)
8 June, Warehouse Live, Houston, TX (USA)
10 June, House of Blues, New Orleans, LA (USA) HOMETOWN RECORD RELEASE PARTY

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Artist Profiles: Fanfara Tirana

Fanfara Tirana

Fanfara Tirana is a novelty among Balkan brass bands. In comparison with traditional Slavic brass bands, this ensemble is different and new thanks to the well articulated music language that is essentially based on a very melodic path with the support of other instruments. Melody is assigned to the clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet and tenor saxophone, expressing their style of pure improvisation defined as “kaba” (typical of music from South Albania) and “gazel” (typical of music from Tirana and neighboring villages).

Masterfully conducted by Usta Berati (accordionist, bass tuba player and arranger), Fanfara Tirana presents a repertoire with traditional music and new compositions resounding of Balkan and oriental sonority. The brass ensemble has already developed a large audience in Europe. Thay play unbridled on the stage and gain the satisfaction of the public. Like their fans in Tirana say “…they, make dead people dance…”. Fanfara Tirana usually performs with the extraordinary voice of Hysni (Niko) Zela.

The band in 2013:

Ahmet Caushi (Usta Berati) – accordion, bass tuba
Xhemali Murraj – trumpet
Agim Sako – tenor saxophone
Pellumb Xhepi – baritone flugelhorn
Mark Luca – baritone flugelhorn
Fatbardh Capi – clarinet, saxophone
Roland Shaqja – baritone saxophone
Gezim Haxhia – clarinet
Ali Logu – daulle o tapan
Kujtim Hoxha – rolling instruments
Hysni (Niko) Zela – vocals

Partial discography:

Albanian Wedding Brass Explosion (Piranha, 2008)
Kabatronics, with Transglobal Underground (World Village, 2013)

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Hot Balkan Brass

Džambo Aguševi Orchestra – Brass Like it Hot – Fast & Furious Balkan Brass (Arc Music EUCD2666, 2016)

The Džambo Aguševi Orchestra is an exciting Balkan brass orchestra led by Macedonia’s trumpet king, Džambo Aguševi. Unlike other brass well-known brass bands that focus on traditional material, the Džambo Aguševi Orchestra mixes Balkan Gypsy music with Latin jazz, Flamenco, Caribbean beats and other global influences.

The lineup on the album includes Džambo Agušev on trumpet and vocals; Džemal Agušev on trumpet and vocals; Kočo Agušev on trumpet; Sunaj Mustafov on trumpet; Ali Zekirov on tenor horn; Elvijan Demirovski on on tenor horn; Džafer Fazliov on tenor horn; Šukri Abdulov on tuba and helicon; Orfej Čakalovski on goč (large double-headed drum) and Nedjat Redjepov on drums.

Guests include: Sedat Sedo on tarabuka; Azat Mehmedov on clarinet and saxophone; Mishel Trajkovski on accordion; Rumen Kamburozv on vocals; Senad Suta on drums; and Brano Jakubovic on electronics.

Brass Like it Hot is an irresistible brass band album.

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