â€œAnd We Live!â€
From playing himself in the HBO SeriesÂ Treme, to barbecuing outside his bar, Kermitâ€™s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, to sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the trumpeter/vocalist keeps himself busy when he isnâ€™t on stage doing what he does bestâ€”entertaining and sharing his love of life with the world. Ruffins continues making his imprint on the world with wider exposure including appearances on Bravoâ€™sÂ Top ChefÂ and on the soundtrack to Disneyâ€™sÂ Jungle BookÂ with Bill Murray and Christopher Walken. He personifies the laid-back vibe of New Orleans.
But he did not come by his gifts easily. Ruffins did his homework and developed his stage persona and musical act by studying artists who came before him. He watched videos of Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway until the tape wore out, cut his teeth busking the streets of the French Quarter, and apprenticed on stages with local legends â€œUncleâ€ Lionel Batiste and Danny Barker.
Consider his lengthy musical career. While still in high school, he co-founded the Rebirth Brass Band â€“ a group that revolutionized the brass band community in New Orleans with songs like â€œDo Watcha Wannaâ€ that have become anthems. Rebirthâ€™s growth and success bolstered the rejuvenation of the New Orleans second-line culture that now flourishes.