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Kermit Ruffins

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New Orleans is the only place on the planet that could have produced native son Kermit Ruffins. Whether he's blowing trumpet on a Louis Armstrong classic or one of his own hot numbers, Ruffins embraces the tune with the true spirit of the city. Ruffins' music, like New Orleans itself, swings hard with a big heart as it remembers tradition and the importance of good-timin" fun. Born on Dec. 19, 1964 (sharing the birthdate with New Orleans' legend Professor Longhair!), Ruffins is a modern hipster in possession of an old soul. There's a knowing grin on Ruffins' face and a smile in his voice and trumpet when the stylish leader steps out with his Barbecue Swingers

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Clifford Bass

Read "Meet Clifford Bass" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Our newest super fan's first jazz record was The Best of Nat King Cole, which he chose at just ten years old! The bug bit him so hard that, by age 14, he was listening obsessively to A Love Supreme. He is now such a fan of improvisational, in-the-moment performance that he rarely listens to recordings, ...

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands

Read "Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 US Army Blues: Swinging in the Holidays (2017) Swinging in the Holidays does so much more than swing. “Five-Sided Dreidel" sings in the traditional “Dreidel" melody until saxophones unravel it like unwrapping Christmas package ribbon and then hand what's left to the ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Read "Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


On the surface, some jazz festivals look a lot like each other, with the same established names travelling around the globe. This is globalization at its worst, meaning we can travel endless miles to hear the same musicians we could have heard in our own backyard. However, a good jazz festival is also a celebration of ...

Album

Throwback

Label: Basin Street Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Make Way For The Rebirth; Mr. Big Stuff; Here To Stay; Mardi Gras Day; It's Later Than You Think; Happy Weekday Blues; I Got A Woman; What Is New Orleans Part 2; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; Happy Birthday; Rebirth Medley: My Song, Pie Pt. 2, Mexican Special; Up In The Hood;

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News: Festival

First Spring Exit 0 Intl Jazz Festival In Historic Oceanside Village Of Cape May, NJ: May 30 - June 1

First Spring Exit 0 Intl Jazz Festival In Historic Oceanside Village Of Cape May, NJ: May 30 - June 1

The 3rd Exit 0 International Jazz Festival May 30-June 1, 2014, in Historic Cape May, NJ, Launches Spring Version with An Outdoor Stage Featuring New Jersey Winemakers and Jazz on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Crossing from Delaware Features Grammy Winners Dee Dee Bridgewater & Roy Hargrove; Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Kermit Ruffins of New Orleans; Fest ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Dennard: From Brazil To New Orleans

Read "From Brazil To New Orleans" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Thousands of miles separate Brazil and New Orleans, but pianist/composer Charlie Dennard thinks these two locales are a lot closer than that. This album is his way of showing that. Dennard, a former student of Ellis Marsalis who's served as a music director for Cirque du Soleil productions and shared the stage with ...

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News: Event

Ray Charles And Ella Fitzgerald To Headline "The Jazz Fest Show" Photo Exhibit By Steven Forster In New Orleans

Ray Charles And Ella Fitzgerald To Headline "The Jazz Fest Show" Photo Exhibit By Steven Forster In New Orleans

Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald to Headline “The Jazz Fest Show" Photo Exhibit by Steven Forster Steven Forster, award-winning jny: New Orleans photographer The Jazz Fest Show photo exhibit: 15 archival black and white photos of iconic jazz musicians Angela King Gallery 241 Royal St. New Orleans Opens April 24, 2014, 5-7 ...

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Article: Live Review

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013

Read "The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013 City Park New Orleans, LA November 1-3, 2013 The 15th Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was the first to be held on New Orleans' City Park's new festival grounds. The new space brought some new challenges. There were no benches on the festival grounds ...


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