Highlight Reel: Irvin Mayfield vs Kermit Ruffins (photos)

Thankfully for New Orleans music fans, Hurricane Isaac’s winds didn’t kick up any sooner, as Irvin Mayfield and company were able to play their hearts out for 10 nights of the Love Sessions’ scheduled 12-night run. While the annual series’ final two shows featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater at the I Club were cut short, Grammy-winning trumpeter Mayfield’s seven-night standoff against fellow horn icon Kermit Ruffins yielded plenty of “oohs” and “ahhs.”

OffBeat photographer Kim Welsh attended the buglers’ final bout. Here’s her highlight reel:

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All photos courtesy of Kim Welsh. See more shots from the New Orleans music scene on OffBeat’s Flickr page.