REBIRTH BRASS BAND ON JAZZ FEST MAILER
This year's Jazz Fest "cachet," a commemorative envelope issued by the U.S. Postal Service, will feature the Rebirth Brass Band and will be unveiled on April 24.
As it has since 1989, the United States Postal Service will issue an exclusive, collectible Jazz Fest envelope featuring the likeness of a New Orleans music icon.
This year's honoree on the postal "cachet" is the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band.
The 2014 Rebirth Brass Band cachet will be unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Avenue). The public is invited.
The postal cachet will be available for purchase ($15 each) at the unveiling ceremony, at Jazz Fest, and at the New Orleans Main Post Office (701 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113).
"The Rebirth Brass Band joins a long line of great New Orleans musicians who have been honored by the United States government with their own mailing envelope," said Anthony J. Ruda, president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. Previous honorees include Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, the Neville Brothers, Louis Prima, the Marsalis family, Mahalia Jackson, Kermit Ruffins and many others.
The Rebirth Brass Band was founded in 1983 by tuba/sousaphone player Philip Frazier, his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, along with other school marching band members from Joseph S. Clark Senior High School in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood. The band released its first studio album in 1984 on Arhoolie Records, and in 1989 gained wider notice with a series of releases on Rounder Records.
Rebirth is known for combining traditional New Orleans brass band music, including the New Orleans tradition of second-line, with funk, jazz, soul and hip hop. In 1993, Ruffins left the band to pursue a solo career.
Rebirth's longstanding regular Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans is one of the pillars of the New Orleans music scene, and has served as a reliable introduction to the city's nightlife for many new arrivals to the city.
The band regularly tours North America and Europe. In 2011, Basin Street Records released the CD Rebirth of New Orleans, which reached number 1 on the CMJ Jazz charts and earned the group a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album.
Previous U.S. Postal Cachet honorees are:
2013 Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2012 Kermit Ruffins
2011 Ellis Marsalis and “The First Family of Jazz”
2010 Louis Prima
2009 Mahalia Jackson
2008 Deacon John Moore
2007 Harry Connick, Jr.
2006 Art Neville
2005 The Dixie Cups
2004 Aaron Neville
2003 Ernie K-Doe
2002 Ellis Marsalis
2001 Dr. John
2000 The Neville Brothers
1999 Fats Domino
1998 Allen Toussaint
1997 Sidney Bechet
1996 Doc Cheatham
1995 Buddy Bolden
1994 Louis Armstrong
1993 Pete Foundation
1992 Irma Thomas
1991 Danny Barker
1990 Jelly Roll Morton
1989 Professor Longhair