Blue Notes
(Zack Zmith)

• Tuba player Phil Frazier, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins were all teenagers when they started the Rebirth Brass Band in 1983 at the beginning of New Orleans' brass-band revival. Ruffins departed to launch a successful solo career, but the Frazier brothers have established the band as the emblem of street party music. The group has just released Move Your Body (Basin Street), a welcome return to form. The nonet (three trumpets, two trombones, two drums, saxophone, and tuba) is a well-oiled machine at this point, and the purpose of this recording is summed up in the original tune, "Rebirth Makes You Dance," which proves just how physically compelling an unamplified horn band can be, even while sneaking in jazz solos. The Rebirth Brass Band joins New Orleans legend Irma Thomas (the Rolling Stones copied her version of "Time Is on My Side") at the D.C. Jazz Festival June 29.

• Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, another product of the New Orleans brass-band revival, plays the festival June 28. Andrews makes a guest appearance on Move Your Body and headlines at the Merriweather Post Pavilion September 13. Baltimore pianist Cyrus Chestnut plays a Dave Brubeck tribute at the D.C. Jazz Festival June 25, and Baltimore's Lafayette Gilchrist engages fellow pianists Orrin Evans and Allyn Johnson in a "cutting contest" June 26. Also appearing at the festival are Rudresh Mahanthappa, Etienne Charles, Ginger Baker, Paquito D'Rivera, David Sanchez, Roy Hargrove, and Marc Cary.

• Gary Bartz will also be at the D.C. Jazz Festival, but you can hear the Grammy Award winner in his own hometown of Baltimore when his current quartet (with pianist Barney McAll, bassist James King, and drummer Greg Bandy) plays An Die Musik June 27-28. The duo of poll-topping trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine are there July 26.

• The No BS! Brass Band is a biracial, 11-piece ensemble (four trombones, four trumpets, saxophone, tuba, and drums) that adds to the Rebirth model by mixing in a little Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane, and klezmer. The latest album from the Richmond-based group is Fight Song: A Tribute to Charles Mingus (D!I!Y/Tunecore), which takes eight Mingus compositions and turns them into a New Orleans brass-band party. No BS! plays Baltimore's free Artscape Festival on July 20. Performing the same day in the same vein is Baltimore's own Rufus Roundtree & Da B'More Brass Factory. Roundtree is a trombonist who has sat in with the Rebirth Brass Band and with George Clinton's P-Funk Allstars.

• Also appearing at Artscape will be New Orleans jazz-funk band Galactic (pictured), former Baltimore resident T.K. Blue (a jazz saxophonist who was Randy Weston's music director for many years), D.C. blues guitarist Andy Poxon, Baltimore blues-rock group Kelly Bell Band, Baltimore jazz-funk guitarist Kevin Jackson, and Baltimore jazz guitarist Carl Filipiak. Last year, Filipiak released the album Live at the Cat's Eye (Art of Life). He performs at the Cat's Eye Pub again on June 28 and July 26.