Native New Orleanian Roderick Paulin is blazing his own trail keeping the rich New Orleans music tradition alive in non-traditional ways. Roderick is known as being the lynchpin of The Rebirth Brass Band where he composed and arranged anthems that went outside of the ‘normal’ brass band sound with intricate harmonies, rhythms, and mainstream music concepts which attracted younger audiences. That new interest in the music was needed because at that time a lot of the older traditional players weren’t able to accommodate the physical demands of walking the long routes of second-line parades and a shift in music was happening with the younger cats. The social-aid and pleasure clubs themselves that employed the bands, reaped the benefits from this shift in the music because they were now bombarded with new members wanting to parade to this ‘new’ style of music that Rebirth was playing and Roderick was behind the scenes composing and arranging the new modal type of brass band music.
“…Paulin possesses a chameleonlike command of his tenor, living up to his legacy as the son of New Orleans trumpeter “Doc” Paulin.” – Patricia Myers, JazzTimes.com