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Kermit Ruffins

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New Orleans-based trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is an ever-inventive musician who projects a charismatic warmth from the stage. Ruffins, born in 1964 in New Orleans, reminds many people of a sort of modern-day Louis Armstrong, though he's far from becoming the international ambassador of goodwill that Armstrong eventually became. Fortunately for fans of contemporary New Orleans music and the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Ruffins, a mainstay of both arenas, was picked up and marketed and distributed by the Crescent City-based Basin Street Records, which has issued a steady stream of very well-recorded albums by Ruffins and his Barbecue Swingers. Interestingly, Ruffins was not raised in a jazz or blues-centric environment. Growing up, he listened to popular music on the radio, groups like the Commodores, Al Green, and all the groups that received airplay on radio stations in the South in the 1970s. He began playing trumpet as a young teenager, but didn't discover the possibilities of jazz and blues until, at the age of 19, he first heard Louis Armstrong. For tips with a school buddy in Jackson Square, a touristy area of New Orleans close to the Mississippi River, he began playing songs by Armstrong and other classic jazz figures associated with the Crescent City. With several of his fellow students from high school, Ruffins started the Rebirth Brass Band. That band led to Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers in 1992. That same year, he debuted with World on a String for the Houston, Texas-based Justice Records, followed by 1993's Big Butter & Egg Man and 1995's Hold on Tight. A huge live draw in New Orleans, Ruffins attracts large audiences with his exuberant music and warm stage demeanor. He is also famous for his frequent barbecue bashes at the bars where he and his band perform. Weather permitting, he'll set up his grill on the sidewalk in front of a club and serve bar staff, bandmembers, and patrons some barbecued chicken or beef during the breaks between his usual three sets. Hence the name Barbecue Swingers. Since the late '90s, he has been a mainstay artist for the New Orleans-based Basin Street Records, delivering such well-regarded albums as 1999's Swing This!, 2001's 1533 St. Philip Street, and 2002's Big Easy. In recent years, Ruffins and his band have taken their act out on the road on summer weekends, playing at festivals in Florida, California, Colorado, New York City, and Cape May, New Jersey. In truth, Ruffins became kind of a goodwill ambassador for post-Katrina New Orleans, bridging traditional Crescent City jazz with a fresh, contemporary feel on albums like 2013's We Partyin' Traditional Style, and doing it all with both reverence and joy. In 2017, he paired with fellow New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield for Beautiful World, which marked the 20th anniversary of Basin Street Records. ~ Richard Skelly & Steve Leggett
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Kermit Ruffins

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Kermit Ruffins

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Good Morning New Orleans
  3.   Didn't He Ramble
  4.   I Got a Tremé Woman
  5.   Up in tha Hood by Rebirth Brass Band
  6.   If I Only Had a Brain
  7.   La Vie en Rose
  8.   New Orleans (My Home Town)
  9.   Hey Naa
  10.   I Ate Up the Apple Tre
  11.   Panama
  12.   Tremé Mardi Gras
  13.   Ain't That Good News
  14.   Happy Talk
  15.   Holy Cow
  16.   O-o-h Child
  17.   Hide the Reefer
  18.   One Life
  19.   The Big Butter and Egg Man
  20.   More Today Than Yesterday
  21.   When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  22.   High Hopes
  23.   Treme Seconde Line (Blow Da Whistle)
  24.   Out of Left Field
  25.   Drop Me off in New Orleans
  26.   Crazy Cool Christmas
  27.   Santa Clause Is Coming to Town
  28.   I've Got the World on a String
  29.   Happy Weekday Blues by Rebirth Brass Band
  30.   When My Dreamboat Comes Home
  31.   The Glory of Love
  32.   I Got a Woman by Rebirth Brass Band
  33.   High Heel Sneakers
  34.   Exactly Like You
  35.   Monday Night in New Orleans
  36.   Jingle Bells
  37.   Rosetta
  38.   I'll Drink Ta Dat
  39.   Hello Good Evening
  40.   Struttin' With Some Barbecue
  41.   Jeepers Creepers
  42.   Bye and Bye
  43.   Leshianne
  44.   Song for My Father
  45.   What Will Santa Say When He Finds Everybody Swingin'
  46.   Happy Birthday
  47.   Over the Waves
  48.   This Christmas
  49.   The Undertaker Man
  50.   Just a Closer Walk with Thee by Rebirth Brass Band
  51.   A Saints Christmas
  52.   Here to Stay by Rebirth Brass Band
  53.   I Guess I'll Get the Papers and Go Home
  54.   Winter Wonderland
  55.   Mardi Gras Day
  56.   Honey Chile
  57.   I Got Mine
  58.   Li'l Liza Jane
  59.   Marie
  60.   All of Me
  61.   If You're a Viper
  62.   When the Saints Go Marching In
  63.   Baby It's Cold Outside
  64.   Kermit's Second Line
  65.   Little Drummer Boy
  66.   Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  67.   Careless Love
  68.   Make Way for the Rebirth by Rebirth Brass Band
  69.   Ain't Misbehavin'
  70.   Mr. Big Stuff
  71.   Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  72.   Georgia on My Mind
  73.   Shine
  74.   It's Later Than You Think by Rebirth Brass Band
  75.   Besame Mucho
  76.   Chinatown, My Chinatown
  77.   Girl of My Dreams
  78.   O Christmas Tree
  79.   West Indies Jazz Dance
  80.   Sugar
  81.   What Is New Orleans, Pt. 2 by Rebirth Brass Band
  82.   Do the Fat Tuesday
  83.   For the Love of You
  84.   I Can See Clearly Now featuring Bonerama
  85.   Silver Bells
  86.   Rebirth Medley: My Song/Pie, Pt. 2/Mexican Special by Rebirth Brass Band
  87.   Silent Night

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