Band nerds? Ha! Not in New Orleans, where picking up a horn is every bit as cool as catching a touchdown pass. If jazz evangelists were serious about spreading their goodness to the youth of America, they'd be well served to capture hearts and ears with the Big Easy's party-animal, stylistic gumbo version than to take the more highfalutin' paths trod by musicians-in-residence and such. Ain't no party like a Rebirth party 'cause a Rebirth party don't stop, and considering the boys are playing back-to-back gigs on Ballard Avenue—as close to a Bourbon Street as Seattle's got—this weekend, it won't. With Tubaluba. MIKE SEELY
DANNY BOURQUE / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE The Rebirth Brass Band celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and has been playing at the Maple Leaf Bar every Tuesday night for the past nineteen years. Taken on Tuesday, May 20, 2008.
A group portrait of the Rebirth Brass Band before they begin playing at the Maple Leaf Bar.