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Summer of Jazz gets cookin’ tonight

A trumpet player with a talent for barbecuing will start the 20th season of the Summer of Jazz at 7 p.m. today in Two Rivers Park.Kermit Ruffins, a trumpeter and barbecue aficionado from New Orleans, will appear with his band, the Barbecue Swingers, formed in 1992. “It’s going to be lively,” said event organizer Mary Noone. “In the last couple of years, we decided to start with a bang and end with a bang.”Ruffins – a bandleader, writer, singer, musician, and co-founder of New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band – is the first of eight performers to entertain Summer of Jazz audiences, from 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 1 through July 20, at Two Rivers Park.”Kermit played here four years ago, and the band played in Snowmass last year,” Noone said. “The band is psyched and Kermit really likes coming here.”Noone said that although today’s show won’t conclude with Ruffins’ customary barbecue creations – typical when the band plays in its hometown – it will be a smokin’ good time. “Music is real, real good for the soul and so is food, super good for the soul,” Ruffins said on the Web site for his label, Basin Street Records. “It’s a spiritual thing, too. I mean when you put both of them together, I think you have the biggest party ever. And that’s what New Orleans is famous for, putting that good food on the table at the same time while they have the hottest band in the city on stage.”When he’s not working the grill, Ruffins enjoys joining fellow jazz artists on album recordings and playing with well-known musicians such as Los Hombres Calientes, Harry Connick Jr. and Maceo Parker.”Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are a great way to start out our 20th season,” Noone said. “They are very enthusiastic.”The Summer of Jazz is a grassroots organization funded by donations. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed directly to the Summer of Jazz at P.O. Box 42, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Learn more about the annual music series at http://www.summerofjazz.com or by calling Mary Noone at 945-0756.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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