Album:No Place Like Home: Live In New Orleans
The Soul Rebels Brass Band are an updated version of the traditional New Orleans brass band with elements of jazz, hip hop and R&B. You may have seen them on the HBO series Treme. Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss were drum majors at Texas Southern University. They met tuba player Damion Francois as members of Milton Batiste's Olympia Brass Band. In 1991, they decided to start their own band with Tannon Williams and Marcus Hubbard on trumpet and Winston Turner on trombone. While sharing a stage with The Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville called them "soul rebels" and the name stuck. They became the house band at the New Orleans club Le Bon Tomps Roule and they perform there when they aren't touring. They released their debut CD in 1995. Rebel Rock is from the 1998 CD No More Parades. It was written by Winston Turner. That CD is out of print but this live CD self released by the band is available. It was recorded at the Blue Nile Nightclub and Bar in New Orleans Feb. 13, 1999. It features a guest appearance by Trombone Shorty. Their latest CD Unlock Your Mind was released on Rounder Records in 2012. The Soul Rebels are constantly on tour. They have recently appeared with Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli and Nas. That's just the tip of the iceberg. These guys are in demand because they are a lot of fun live. They have appeared on the HBO series Treme, Later with Jools Holland, Conan and others. When they were on Later, Metallica liked them so much, they invited them on tour. So if the Soul Rebels are coming your way, be sure to check them out for a sure fire party. Here's the Soul Rebels Brass Band performing Rebel Rock and Rebelosis at the 2016 Nola Jazz Fest in New Orleans.