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New Orleans trumpet player and vocalist Kermit Ruffins has enough swagger to strut like a rap star, but he prefers to play his horn and sing like his idol, Louis Armstrong. On his latest album #imsoneworleans, this Ninth Ward–born showman and his band, the Barbecue Swingers, mix joyous original numbers like the snappy title track, in which he lists which elements of the city he loves most, with Big Easy classics like Professor Longhair’s “Tipitina” and standards like “At Last” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Such cover choices could have been shopworn, but Ruffins makes them feel fresh. He adds warm horn bursts to each track, which, along with his band’s swinging piano beats and funky percussive rhythms, support the vocals of Ruffins and his guest singers. Ruffins turns jazz into party music with decades worth of R&B and south-of-the-border groove. As a former member of the Rebirth Brass Band, he knows how to get listeners out of their seats. Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 F St. NW. $25–$35. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com.