Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers

2019 Opening Night Master Chef Wine Gala “The Big Easy”

New Orleans-based trumpeter, bandleader, singer and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is an ever-inventive musician who projects a warmth from the stage. He’s got charisma, so as a consequence, he and his band mates in the Barbecue Swingers are not in danger of over-exposing themselves in their native Crescent City.

Ruffins, born in 1964 in New Orleans, reminds many people of a sort of modern day Louis Armstrong, though he’s far from becoming the international ambassador of goodwill that Armstrong eventually became.