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Kermit Ruffins at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

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No young artist has managed to update the sounds of traditional New Orleans jazz more convincingly than Kermit Ruffins. Emerging out of the fiery brass band tradition, where he helped spark a revival during the 1980s, Kermit released his first of seven solo albums in 1992.

His music embraces the timbres and the bittersweet romance of Louis Armstrong while retaining the bouncing, parade-inspired beats of the brass bands. Kermit is a regular fixture on the streets of New Orleans, where he rarely misses a second line (brass-band street parade) and often passes out barbecue from a grill on his truck bed. At the same time, he is the most serious and thoughtful of musicians, mindful of his musical ancestors while always looking forward to the next development. Putumayo is releasing Kermit Ruffins, a collection of songs from his seven solo albums, in conjunction with a New Orleans release. Kermit is perhaps best known as the young trumpeter and vocalist who founded and shaped the Rebirth Brass Band, yet he left the Rebirth Brass Band in 1994 to start his own solo career and to continue experimenting with different types of jazz.

Manifesting his talents as singer, songwriter, trumpeter, and bandleader, Ruffins has made four successful albums in the past six years featuring many legendary and unsung heroes of New Orleans.

Friday, July 15, 2005
Tickets: $23.00 in Advance/ $25.00 Day of Show (Includes all processing fees)
Dinner Seating Begins at 6:00 PM for the 7:30 PM Show
call: 215-222-1400

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