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Kermit Ruffins at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
|Birth name||Kermit Ruffins|
|Born||(1964-12-19) December 19, 1964 (age 56)|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana U.S.|
Rhythm and blues
|Labels||Basin Street, Putumayo, Justice|
|Associated acts||Rebirth Brass Band|
Dr. Michael White
Kermit Ruffins (born December 19, 1964) is an American jazz trumpeter, singer, composer, and actor from New Orleans. He has been influenced by Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan and says that the highest note he can hit on trumpet is a high C. He often accompanies his songs with his own vocals. Most of his bands perform New Orleans jazz standards though he also composes many of his own pieces. Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Ruffins is an unabashed entertainer who plays trumpet with a bright, silvery tone, sings with off-the-cuff charm and never gets too abstruse in his material."
- Pareles, Jon (July 16, 2001). "The Good Times of Way Down Yonder..." The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2007.