New Orleans's funkified brass-band sound will get addressed from both ends of the Mississippi on this latest Louisiana-Minnesota horn summit. The Crescent City's Rebirth was, along with the Dirty Dozen, at the forefront of the street-corner players who revolutionized the NOLA brass-band tradition in the early 1980s by injecting copious doses of jazz and funk, and ratcheting up the tempos to sometimes breakneck speed. Rebirth co-founder Kermit Ruffins left for a solo career long ago, but brothers Philip and Keith Frazier still lead a blazing krewe through New Orleans standards and lots more. This spring the Rebirth have been featured... More >>>