Phil Frazier gets back up on the tuba



After Rebirth Brass Band founder and tuba player Phil Frazier landed in the hospital with a frightening blood pressure-related "episode" - doctors, according to band manager Howie Kaplan, were reluctant to diagnose it as a stroke - last month, band members rallied to maintain the band's rigorous gig schedule without him for the forseeable future. The Treme Brass Band's tuba man, Jeffrey Hill, has filled in for Frazier for the past five weeks. This week, though, the band announced happily that Frazier will be returning to the stage sooner than expected - tomorrow, in fact. Frazier takes the stage with the Rebirth again Saturday, January 31 at the Howlin' Wolf. Hooray for the healing power of funk.

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