New Birth Brass Band
New Birth Brass Band
On D-Boy, lead trumpeter and vocalist James Andrews is joined by trumpeter Derrick Shezbie (who also carved out a niche for himself as a bandleader in his own right in New Orleans), tuba player Kerwin James (brother of the Rebirth Brass Band's Philip and Keith Frazier), snare drummer Kerry Hunter, bass drummer Cayetano "Tanio" Hingle, trombonists Reginald Steward and Corey Henry, and percussionist Mister Action. James Andrews' background included tenures in the Roots of Jazz Brass Band, formed by Danny Barker in the early '80s. After a year as part of Barker's band, Andrews left to lead his own group, the All Star Brass Band, which included several of his brothers. Andrews also toured with everyone from Michelle Shocked to Wynton Marsalis, Danny Barker, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy Gillespie as a sideman.
His eclectic background is reflected on D-Boy, which includes covers like "Whoopin' Blues," "Jesus on the Main Line," and "Li'l Liza Jane." The New Birth Brass Band has undergone a number of lineup changes in the new millennium, drawing members and collaborators from various other brass bands that call New Orleans home and gain strength from the city's history and spirit in often trying times. Recent bandmembers have included bass drummer Cayetano Hingle in the leadership role; trombonists Reginald Steward, Rob Harris, and Glen David Andrews; snare drummer Kerry “Fat Man” Hunter; saxophonist Darryl Adams; and trumpeters Kenneth Terry and Mervin Campbell. Tuba player Kerwin James -- a survivor of Hurricane Katrina like so many other Crescent City brass band players -- suffered a stroke in the summer of 2006 and remained in a coma until his death at the age of 35 in September 2007. In perhaps a sign of the changing city, with newly arriving residents unaccustomed to living with longstanding jazz traditions, the street parade in his honor was halted by police after noise complaints had been received; at least two musicians in the parade were arrested for disturbing the peace.
But as James himself had said before his passing, "New Birth never dies, it multiplies," and the band has kept the spirit alive with new tuba player Rob Espino joining its ranks. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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