An unabashed entertainer who plays trumpet with a bright, silvery tone” – Jon Pareles, NY Times “A universal call to party” – Jeff Kalis, Jazziz “Channeling the free spirit of Satchmo” – C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com Top local CDs of 2001 – Times-Picayune Best Traditional Jazz Album – OffBEAT Best of the Beat Awards
Lifted into the national spotlight by the hit television show Treme, Kermit keeps the momentum swinging with his first big band album. OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat award winner for Best Traditional Jazz Album!
On the heels of his OffBEAT Magazine “Entertainer of the Year” award, Kermit includes a beefed up horn section to show the world what Swing should be. Produced by Tracey Freeman. Swing This! is swathed in the sauce of New Orleans with Ruffins the ever-ready chef. – JazzTimes
An All-Star Roster of Basin Street Records Recording Artists gathered together for an outstanding night of music at the Little Gem Saloon. Featuring: Jason Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Bill Summers, Dr. Michael White, and Davell Crawford.