Thursday, March 05, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Kermit Ruffins

Artist:Kermit Ruffins
Song:Drop Me Off In New Orleans
Album:1533 St. Philip Street

Because he plays trumpet and sings and is from New Orleans, Kermit Ruffins is frequently compared to Louis Armstrong. Though he is influenced by Armstrong and also Louis Jordan, Ruffins own legacy is maintaining the traditions of New Orleans jazz and having a lot of fun doing it. He was born Dec. 19, 1964 in New Orleans. He started playing trumpet as a teen and after hearing Armstrong, he formed the Rebirth Brass Band in 1983. He left to start his own band The Barbecue Swingers in 1992 and he has been recording ever since. Though Ruffins frequently performs New Orleans standards, Drop Me Off In New Orleans is one of his own compositions from his 2001 CD 1533 St. Philip Street. Musicians are Dr. Michael White on clarinet, Eric Traub on sax, Corey Henry on trombone, David Torkanowsky on piano, Neal Caine on bass, Detroit Brooks on banjo and Arthur Latin II on drums. Ruffins had a recurring role in the HBO series Treme. His latest CD We Partyin' Traditional Style was released in 2013. The chances are good that if you go to New Orleans, Ruffins is playing in a club. During the summer, he tours the jazz festival circuit and he's worth checking out as you're sure to have a lot of fun. Kermit Ruffins' contemporary spin on traditional New Orleans jazz is worthy of your time. Here's Kermit Ruffins performing Drop Me Off In New Orleans at the 2013 Bonnaroo Jam In A Van.

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