Tuba player Phil Frazier has not yet returned home from the hospital, but according to Rebirth manager Howie Kaplan, the bandleader is in stable condition and expected to fully recover and return to performing.
Frazier was hospitalized last Thursday after what Kaplan says doctors are referring to as a blood pressure-related "episode." There has been no diagnosis of a stroke, as was rumored. Doctors, Kaplan says, have been treating the 42-year-old Frazier with extra caution because of his own and his family's history with hypertension. (Frazier's brother, Kerwin James, died in September of 2007 following several months in a coma after suffering a severe stroke. James was 35.)
Though the band cancelled a planned gig this Friday night at the House of Blues, Kaplan says, members agreed at a band meeting last night to go forward with the Rebirth's planned performance schedule. The band played their regular Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf last night, with Treme Brass Band tuba player Jeffrey Hills. Hills will continue to fill in for Frazier as he recuperates.
The band plays a second line this coming Sunday, as well as a Christmas night show at the Howlin' Wolf.