New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band to funk up Two Rivers Park |

New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band to funk up Two Rivers Park

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. There’ll be a musical celebration in Two Rivers Park tonight.Summer of Jazz founders Bob and Mary Noone host the 200th band in their 22nd year of organizing the free weekly concerts.”We didn’t know it was going to go this long,” Mary Noone said. “We love the music. And we love being in touch with the musicians.”To celebrate, the Noones welcome New Orleans funksters Rebirth Brass Band to the Two Rivers Park bandshell in Glenwood Springs. The band also is recognizing a milestone – its 25th anniversary in 2008. To acknowledge more than two decades of brass-band music making, the nine-member band is recording a new double CD, “25.””Simply put, the Rebirth Brass Band is an institution,” says the band’s Web site. “Formed in 1983, the band has long since graduated from the streets of New Orleans to theaters and festivals all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show.”Bringing live jazz like the Rebirth Brass Band to the Rocky Mountains has been a passion for the Noones since they established Summer of Jazz in the mid-’80s. The mission behind the series is simple, Bob Noone said.

“It’s just fun,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity to see your friends out at the park. This has always been a fun, enjoyable thing.”Each year, the Noones are never sure they’ll host the series until they make the decision after the holidays. They spend the winter listening to new jazz and contemplating the commitment involved.”It’s the dynamic of the series,” Bob Noone said. “It’s a major commitment. … We just take one year at a time.”Mary Noone said the feedback from Summer of Jazz fans keep the series going year after year, making it an institution in Glenwood. “Everybody loves it,” she said. “They want it to continue.”Just like the Rebirth Brass Band in New Orleans.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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