Blue Note Jazz Club will present celebrated trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers for a special Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras Week celebration, Tuesday through Sunday, February 17-22. While Ruffins has performed at other Blue Note Entertainment Group venues such as Highline Ballroom and B.B. King Blues Club in recent years, this engagement marks his Blue Note Jazz Club debut.
Blue Note will also feature speciality items on the food menu celebrating New Orleans culture, including: Chicken Gumbo Soup; Fried Crawfish with a Cajun Mayonnaise; Catfish Creole; Jambalaya with Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage; Chicken Fried Steak; and Bread Pudding. At the bar, Hurricane cocktails and Abita Beer (brewed in Abita Springs, Louisiana) will be available.
Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is one of New Orleans' biggest personalities. For over three decades Ruffins has been a champion of the Crescent City's traditional jazz roots, channeling Louis Armstrong as only someone who grew up in the Ninth Ward can. Co-founder of the legendary Rebirth Brass Band, Ruffins has been leading the Barbecue Swingers since 1992 - a traditional jazz quintet that mixes music with another of his true loves, food. And now, hundreds of shows and barbecues later, prolonging the status of jazz in New Orleans is among Ruffins pet projects. Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Ruffins is an unabashed entertainer who plays trumpet with a bright, silvery tone." He is also known for repeat appearances on the hit HBO show "Treme."
Tuesday - Sunday, February 17 - 22, 2015;
Two shows nightly at 8:00PM & 10:30PM
Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd Street (between 6th Ave and MacDougal St.)
New York City