Tuba/sousaphone player Philip Frazier has anchored the rhythm section of the Rebirth Brass Band since he cofounded the group with brother Keith Frazier, Kermit Ruffins and friends in the early 1980s. It helped modernize New Orleans brass band music by incorporating R&B, soul and funk. Rebirth released Move Your Body last spring.
Here are some of the things Philip is looking forward to at the Fair Grounds.
Sat April 25
5 p.m.-7 p.m.
"I am a music lover. I listen to everything. We have never covered a Who song, but we do Who riffs."
Fri May 1
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
"I grew up listening to them. They're my favorite brass band. Coming up, I listened to the Dirty Dozen and the Olympia [Brass Band] — a combination of both new and old."
Sun May 3
Frankie Beverly and Maze
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
"Frankie Beverly is so soulful. He sings from the heart. We recorded some of their songs, like 'Before I Let Go' on [The Main Event:] Live at the Maple Leaf."
"I like all kinds of gospel music — old school, contemporary. My mom was a gospel piano player. I started singing in church, me and my brother — Christian Mission Baptist Church on North Robertson. I like to just go sit in the Gospel Tent."
Jazz Fest food
"I love the food out there. Crawfish Monica is one of my favorites."
"I check out what's going on in the Kids' Tent. My kids are growing up. You see things like the [Mardi Gras] Indians doing a workshop. It's interesting."