There's a rebirth occurring in New Orleans music, and trumpeter/vocalist Kermit Ruffins finds himself front and center. While the post-Katrina recovery has meant many things for the Crescent City, in a number of ways it's been musicians who have taken the lead in bringing the city back to its traditions.
New Orleans is Ruffins' muse and it provides the fuel for a creative fire that started years ago when he first discovered the music he so loves today. But more than that, Ruffins is an entertainer, and he knew early on that he could make a living doing what he loved, in the city he loved.
AAJ Contributor Tod Jenkins spoke with Ruffins about growing up in the Big Easy, his time with Rebirth Brass Band, his latest release, Livin' A Tremé Life (Basin Street Records, 2009), and more.
Check out Kermit Ruffins: Swingin' and Smilin' at AAJ today!