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Rebirth Brass Band

  • Ruby 624 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)
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Founded in 1983 in New Orleans, the Rebirth Brass Band has made a formidable contribution to that city's ferment of multi-generational jazz outfits. It's about what you'd expect—rollicking parade-bred rhythms, dense and exuberant horn arrangements with lots of room for fiery sax and trumpet solos, gospel-fueled group vocals. The important thing is in channeling all that rich history into something that feels alive, and Rebirth does so on albums like 2014's Move Your Body, from the funky attack of "Your Mama Don't Dance" to the Latin influences of "Rebirth Groove" to the roiling interplay of "Texas Pete." This show was scheduled to be the first in several years at the Orpheum's Stage Door, a smaller theater behind the Orpheum's main room, but has been moved to the Ruby on University. —Scott Gordon