Kermit left the band in the early 1990's , and struck out on his own- to great success. Kermit & The Rebirth reunite for this epic party album. Happy Birthday - Kermit Ruffins & Rebirth Brass Band - YouTube When school started for the next year, I was sitting in first chair. Your email address will not be published. First of all, many thanks to God for this blessed life in New Orleans…. Written by Broussard, Williams, Washington, Caraljo Music Inc (BMI), Malaco Music Company (BMI), Written by Ray Charles, Renald J. Richard, Written by Mildred J. Hill, Patty S. Hill, Written by Kermit ruffins, “Mexican Special” also written by Keith Anderson. After a long and successful stint with his Barbecue Swingers, Kermit Ruffins has rejoined the Rebirth Brass Band for this delightful funky blue CD. The 40-year-old trumpet player came blasting out of high school with the Rebirth Brass Band. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. Listen free to Kermit Ruffins with the Rebirth Brass Band – Throwback (Make Way For The Rebirth, Mr. Big Stuff and more). Derrick "Big Sexy" Tabb - snare drum. Phil actually left the band for a while so he  could go off to college. Before we had a real manager, I sorta kept track of the business cards and phone numbers. We couldn’t believe our luck. The band released its first album in 1984 on Arhoolie Recordswhich was recorded in the Grease Lounge, a Tremé neighborhood bar, and i… A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. It was Allison who made sure our paperwork was taken care of as far as publishing and stuff. I’m talking about the late ’70’s and early ’80’s! After school started up the next fall, a lady with the Parent Teacher Association asked us to play for a party at a hotel in town. Right then and there we decided we’d head right back to the French Quarter the next day and almost everyday. Albums include The Way I See It, … We didn’t have a car so after the gig, we decided to take a short cut home which would be through the French Quarter and on Bourbon Street. Well, I guess I’m really gonna have to write that book! Brown and Jimmie Slack, III. Kermit Ruffins is from New Orleans, specifically the Treme area. When Phil and the guys came to the studio with me, it seemed like we were never apart. 100 signed (by Kermit Ruffins) and numbered copies available exclusively from the BSR web store. One day I went down to the Grease Lounge to see if we could play there on Monday nights. The Tremé was full of bars, little corner hangouts with live music everywhere. See, they gave me the trumpet solo to play at the graduation and Phil, who was really a trombone player at the time, had to play tuba at the ceremony. All vinyl orders from Basin Street Records include digital download of the full album. We sure had some good times! New Orleans native Kermit Ruffins was aptly born on the birthday of one of that city’s most deservedly heralded masters of music, Professor Longhair. Any unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. To Tracey Freeman, my producer and to Steve Reynolds of Ultrasonic for letting us have a party while recording. Well, I don’t mean they tossed us out on our butts or anything; it was just that they were serving booze and we were all underage! It was perfect timing too. Listen on Apple Music. Kermit Ruffins is from New Orleans, specifically the Treme area. I even told him that very day, “Now Phil you know they are gonna talk shit about us saying we’re mad with each other.” Phil said “Yeah I know, but we know the truth.”. It was me and some cats from the marching band. He went to Grambling to be in that world-famous band. I tell you what. Our senior year at Clark was full of music and full of fun. Once we started hanging out in the Tremé we started to feel like young professional musicians. Mask like few others. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. My stepmother, Rose Ruffins. It is obvious that these pieces have all been well polished in regular club dates. Preview. Stream ad-free with Amazon Music Unlimited on mobile, desktop, and tablet. From playing himself in the HBO Series Treme, to barbecuing outside his bar, Kermits Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, to sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the trumpeter/vocalist keeps himself busy when he isnt on stage doing what he does bestentertaining and sharing his love of life with the world. The group was inspired by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a band of slightly older musicians credited with bringing influences of funk and contemporary bebop into New Orleans style brass bands. Make Way For The Rebirth is a popular song by Kermit Ruffins & The Rebirth Brass Band | Create your own TikTok videos with the Make Way For The Rebirth song and explore 0 … And to Ms. Barbara Frazier for all her years of support. 2, Mexican Special (7:01), Associate Executive Producer: Will Samuels, Assistant Engineer at Piety Street: Drew Vonderhaar, Mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studios/ NYC, Art Direction by Hal Braden and Tom Thompson. TITLE TIME; 1 Make Way for the ... Rebirth Brass Band) 5:20: 10 Happy Birthday (feat. We played birthday parties, second line parades and just about any kind of neighborhood gig you could play. We were all carrying our instruments and some guy said, “Hey play us a number!”. He decided he wanted to be our manager and we all said “Why not?”. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. My girl’s mom had a neighborhood bar named Lil People’s Place and me and my new combo started playing there on a regular basis. Having formed in 1983 by tuba player Philip Frazier along with his brother drummer Keith Frazier and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. The Rebirth Brass Band are originally from the home of jazz and blues, New Orleans. He and Rebirth are still closely associated.Kermit is much…, Kermit Ruffins is from New Orleans, specifically the Treme area. Keith "Shorty" Frazier - bass drum. The Rebirth Brass Band was formed in 1983 by tuba player Phil Frazier and his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. They also collaborated with members of a school marching band … Jerry was running WWOZ on top of Tipitina’s at the time. Ruffins continues making his imprint on the world with wider exposure including appear… Ruffins dominates the music to an extent, contributing the majority of the selections, usually taking a vocal and adding a few spectacular trumpet solos. Find Rebirth Brass Band bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming links on AllMusic - Formed in 1983 when its principal members were… Here reconvened, they’ve lost none of their exuberant flair and verve. 11″x17″ Poster featuring the album art from Kermit Ruffin’s second release, Swing This! Formed with tuba player Philip Frazier, the ensemble stormed across 10 years, several continents, and 7 albums before disbanding in 1992. I think when you listen to this record you will hear the party in the music. Scrobbling is when Last.fm tracks the music you listen to and automatically adds it to your music profile. It is hard to believe but over twelve or thirteen years have passed since that day I told Phil I wasn’t going to Africa. It wasn’t long that I was soaking up every Louis Armstrong record or video that I could find. The name of the group was, well, the name was “The Group.” We were playing our butts off for tips and making what we thought was big money at the time. I’d have to write a book to tell you all of the stories! Kermit Ruffins with the Rebirth Brass Band – Throwback. After all, we were some fun-loving wild cats back in the day and I know we gave Allison a hard time every now and then. We bugged our parents for a long time. Outfits like the Rebirth Brass Band introduced elements from R&B, funk, hip- hop, and modern jazz into traditional music that is famous for its irresistible marching rhythms. “New Orleans native Kermit Ruffins was aptly born on the birthday of one of that city’s most deservedly heralded masters of music, Professor Longhair. The group was founded in 1983 by tuba player Philip Frazier, his brother Keith Frazier and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, along with other musicians with them at the Joseph S. Clark Sr. High School in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. It was sort of just a band to have fun. Reviews. Louis Armstrong has been a big influence on me, my music and my career. We did our first recording on Arhoolie Records. Everybody was in the neighborhood, especially the brass band musicians. Before they achieved the popularity which allowed them to play regularly in local music venues, the Rebirth often busked around the French Quarterf… It wasn’t until around graduation time for the seniors that we actually met. . I mean, it must have been almost eighty bucks! The Young Olympia and the Lil Rascals Brass Band were just two of the many young brass bands that sort of followed in the footsteps of the Rebirth. That summer I went to Summer Band Camp at Lawless. It wasn’t until I got a phone call from his boss, Randall Jamall who owned Justice Records, that I knew this was serious stuff. We all would get together and watch old black and while Armstrong videos. Every new year is better than the year before. The 40-year-old trumpet player came blasting out of high school with the Rebirth Brass Band. The seven originals by Ruffins are mixed with numbers by the city’s current elder statesman, Mac Rebennack, as well as Ray Charles, Mildred Hill’s perennial “Happy Birthday,” and more. Those cats are bigger than ever. Javascript is required to view shouts on this page. Kermit & The Rebirth reunite for this epic party album $ 10.00 – $ 40.00; Kermit Ruffins • Irvin Mayfield – A Beautiful World #1 Billboard Jazz Albums! Man, we took that money and went straight to Popeye’s before we went got us some beer. Rebirth Brass Band discography and songs: Music profile for Rebirth Brass Band, formed 1983. Eventually Uncle Percy gave me my own mouthpiece and I would take that mouthpiece everywhere I went, blowing on it all throughout the neighborhood. I fell in love with everything he did. Allison really did a lot for us business-wise. After the Justice thing was done, me and Tom joined forces with Mark Samuels. I really did have the world on a string. Preview. Randall produced the type of record I really wanted to make with all of the great, great cats in the city like Danny Barker, Ellis Marsalis, Walter Payton and others. It just so happened that a cat from a record company in Houston saw my combo gig at the Jazzfest. He and Phil Frazier started the Rebirth Brass Band in the early 1980's. Rebirth Brass Band) 2:25: 11 Rebirth Medley: My Song / Pie, Pt. He and Phil Frazier started the Rebirth Brass Band in the early 1980's. Kermit Ruffins is from New Orleans, specifically the Treme area. We went crazy! 100% Cotton, Heavy Duty T-Shirt featuring the album art and images from the Kermit Ruffins & Rebirth Brass Band album, Throwback. Style: Brass Band. I always knew in the back of my mind that I’d do another project with Phil and the Rebirth and last fall I decided that the time was now. The Rebirth was rolling hard, touring like crazy and I just couldn’t do it anymore. Required fields are marked *. I was in the eighth grade, and one day after school, right there lying on the sofa was two new trumpets. Funk. 2 / Mexican Special (feat. Rebirth Brass Band) 7:04: 12 Up In Tha Hood (feat. I actually discovered Louis Armstrong on a juke box. The Rebirth started playing some of this swing stuff, in our own style. All aboard! I wanna tell you a li’l story about New Orleans, y’all . When I was a young kid, my dad was the manager of a band called M.G. That band led to Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers in 1992. One day, we were playing a party in one of the projects for an organization called “Rebirth.” It was a guy named Bobby Leonard who was trying to help out the kids and all. But she was great to us, God bless her soul. We actually had a standup piano on wheels and we’d roll it all the way to the Quarter every time we went to play! A lot of people have tried to stir shit by saying me and Phil broke up on bad terms and what have you, but it never happened that way. Read about Happy Birthday from Kermit Ruffins with the Rebirth Brass Band's Throwback and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. This is where I met Phil Frazier. They kept tipping and we was trippin! Throwback Kermit Ruffins Jazz 2005; Listen on Apple Music. Many of the songs are built on blues riffs or vamps, and when these guys start blowing it’s hard to sit passively during a hard-hitting groove like “Make Way for the Rebirth” or Dr. John’s “Mardi Gras Day.” ” – Mike Shanley, JazzTimes, Troy Andrews – Trombone Solo on “ Mardi Gras Day”, Mary Griffin – Vocals on “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and “Up In Tha Hood”, David Torkanowsky – Wurlitzer on “Up In Tha Hood”, Christina Ruffins, Neshia Ruffins, Jimmy Slack, III and A’Jon Jones – Vocals on “Happy Weekday Blues” and “Happy Birthday”, 11) Rebirth Medley: My Song, Pie Pt. He is featured in the HBO series 'Treme'. It must have seemed strange for the Rebirth to have a lady manager! It was wonderful fun to record this new record. As much as it was a dream to go to Africa, I told him it was time for me to get off the road and spend some time with my new family and all. In God’s perfect timing, all my dreams come true. Sure enough, we got some guys together and just practiced and practiced, all summer long. My Father and Mother, Lloyd and Esther Ruffins. “Lots of good, greasy fun” – Rick Anderson, All Music Guide “Kermit plays a sweet, sweet horn” – Newsweek.com “A musical good-time tour of the Crescent City” – Larry Applebaum, Jazztimes, An unabashed entertainer who plays trumpet with a bright, silvery tone” – Jon Pareles, NY Times “A universal call to party” – Jeff Kalis, Jazziz “Channeling the free spirit of Satchmo” – C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com Top local CDs of 2001 – Times-Picayune Best Traditional Jazz Album – OffBEAT Best of the Beat Awards, Be the first to review “Kermit Ruffins with the Rebirth Brass Band – Throwback”. Philip "Tuba Phil" Frazier - sousaphone. I put together a little band at Lawless on the side. In those early days of my new direction, I joined up with my present manager Tom Thompson. Something was changing. Kermit left the band in the early 1990's , and struck out on his own- to great success. We were playing a tune called “I Can’t Get Over You” and I walked up to Phil and said, “Hey man, give me A LOT of bass!” That was really the first time I talked to Phil. Reviews There are no reviews yet. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Go directly to shout page. Me and Phil were tight then and we remained tight and are today. We had another cat sit in on tuba during that time, but it was always Phil’s spot if he wanted to come back. Well, there we were-we struck up some tunes and people started tipping us. Leave feedback. Now available to order on Vinyl! That same year, he debuted with World on a String for the Houston, Texas-based Justice Records, followed by … After we came on the scene there were a lot of other young brass bands. If you were a jazz or blues musician in New Orleans, you hungout in the Tremé. I found myself sitting in last chair which meant I wasn’t very good. I thought it was cool but you know, you hear a lot of stuff from a lot of people like that. In 2005, 12 years after Kermit Ruffins left the Rebirth Brass Band to pursue a solo career, he reunited with his former bandmates to produce this rollicking, party album befitting of both the Ruffins and Rebirth names. Kermit left the band in the early 1990's , and struck out on his own- to great success. He and Phil Frazier started the Rebirth Brass Band in the early 1980's. 18″x24″ poster featuring the album art from Kermit Ruffin’s album, 1533 St. Philip Street. Something was happening inside of me, that’s for sure. We played all of the big festivals and stayed in the finest hotels. Genres: New Orleans Brass Band, Jazz. After my audition, I took first chair. We decided to meet at his house early in the summer to form a new band. Just like in the early days of the Rebirth, I took my new combo out to the French Quarter to play for tips. We had the time of our lives. Eventually Slim and the band went separate ways and our new manager was Allison Miner. He and Phil Frazier started the Rebirth Brass Band in the early 1980's. A lot of folks assume that I was an admirer of Louis Armstrong from the very beginning but the truth is that when I was young and first starting out, I had no idea who Louis Armstrong even was! Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Your email address will not be published. Unobtrusively produced, the set bristles with the immediacy of a true celebration.” —David Greenberger, “The reunion of the RBB with its original trumpet man-who left to get off the road and explore a solo career-explodes with the enthusiasm of a backyard barbecue, with everyone digging into the funk and singing along. He and Rebirth are still closely associated.Kermit is much beloved in his home town, and is thought of as 'Mr Treme'. Formed by the Frazier brothers, Phil and Keith, along with Basin Street labelmate Kermit Ruffins in 1983, The Rebirth Brass Band … With several of his fellow students from high school, Ruffins started the Rebirth Brass Band. In 2018, this exquisite release was re-mastered, re-designed, and put on Vinyl for the first time providing a new audio experience for lovers of New orleans brass band music. We hooked up with a manager known as “Ice Cube Slim.” Slim booked us on tours all over the world, all over Europe and everything. 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