Kermit Ruffins: Jazz Fest/Album

Kermit Ruffins - Livin' a Treme' Life
Basin Street Records, April 28

Kermit Ruffins
Make no mistake, everything about Kermit Ruffins exemplifies New Orleans. Residing in the town of Treme´, former home of his predecessors Louis Prima and Louis Armstrong, he continues the big brass tradition the town is known for – Kermit plays a "sweet, sweet horn", as Michael J. Agovino of Newsweek notes. His musical stylings resemble the culture of New Orleans, a melting pot, with Jazz, funk, standards and hip-hop. His charisma, both onstage and on his recordings, reflects the spirit of his city.

Kermit's love for New Orleans is not just shown in his music. He gives back to his city not as if a necessity or chore, but as a way of life. And Kermit's city embraces him the same way he embraces it. Kermit will be performing two dates during Jazzfest. On April 25 he'll be taking center stage with his original outfit, the Rebirth Brass Band. On May 1 he'll be fronting his own band, The Barbecue Swingers. Kermit will also be shooting for the new series Treme´, from Emmy winning writer/producer David Simon (The Wire, Homicide).

Livin’ A Treme Life, Kermit's 11th release, his 7th on Basin Street Records, is aptly named for what his music embodies - a town and lifestyle known for being rich in music and culture, essential to the city of New Orleans. Kermit's appreciation for his town is shown in his lyrics and his sound. His rich, raspy voice and the bright, clean blows on his horn will transport you right to the Big Easy. Enjoy the ride.

Kermit Ruffins tour dates available here.

[Published on: 3/27/09]

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mattland Fri 3/27/2009 10:37PM
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saw bbq swingers at bonnaroo and saw rebirth at all good. both sets were super tight. kermit is must see

peaton Sat 3/28/2009 05:18PM
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Greatest name ever besides Dweezil Zappa?

thedude2004 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/30/2009 07:29AM
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Kermit is an embodiment of all things New Orleans. Check him out, check out Rebirth Brass Band, and in the past couple years they (Rebirth and Kermit) put out an album called 'Throwback' which is REDONKULOUS! Get in the Nawlins groove!