We spent a week in New Orleans, went out to hear music every night and enjoyed it all. But the evening at Kermit Ruffin's Speakeasy was the best. Kermit is one of the top jazz musicians in the city and a fantastic personality. He makes a real effort to make everyone--locals and tourists--feel welcome. He is a tremendous trumpet player and has great musicians backing him up. (This included a Japanese piano player who was one of the best musicians we heard during our stay.) The evening included a bunch of great singers who contributed a few songs each. But the star is Kermit who is the Louis Armstrong of the 21st century.
We also enjoyed the food. Kermit is a cook as well as a musician and takes a lot of pride in this aspect of his club. The emphasis is on soul/creole food. It is very tasty and quite reasonable. He even has Kermit the Frog's legs on the menu, though we passed on that.
Kermit plays on Sunday and Monday nights. Things can get crowded so come early if you want a seat. Nayo Jones, a fine singer, is the regular on Friday night.