Student Activities and Programs


Lagniappe presents Jazz at the Rat

The Lagniappe program furthers its mission of introducing students to New Orleans culture with Jazz at the Rat, a series of concerts held in Der Rathskeller (a.k.a. The Rat), on the garden level of the Lavin-Bernick Center. Hosted and curated by jazz pianist and Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane instructor Jesse McBride, each live performance features accomplished New Orleans musicians, jazz legends and visiting artists, accompanied by students and faculty from Tulane's Jazz Studies program. All concerts are free and open to the public. For driving directions, click here.

2014-2015 Performances

Spring 2015

James-WestfallJames Westfall
Thursday, February 26
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
While living in New York in 2007, vibraphonist James Westfall founded The Wee Trio which, as the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "consists of jazzmen who grew up on rock 'n' roll and aren't afraid to play it." As a jazz artist, Westfall  was accepted as the first vibraphonist in the history of The Thelonious Monk Institute, and performed with artists such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. As a multi-genre instrumentalist, he also leads an electro rock band called Bionica, and also happens to play keytar. Whether performing with his solo projects or his experimental groups, Westfall "prides himself on continuing the tradition of breaking tradition."

Jesse-McBride-A Tribute to Horace Silver
Thursday, March 12
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Jesse McBride and The Next Generation will celebrate the musical legacy of the iconic pianist and hard bop pioneer who passed away in 2014 at the age of 85. Featuring Jesse McBride, piano; Derek Douget, tenor saxophone; Alfred Jordan, Jr., drums; Martin Masakowski, bass; Dominic Minix, guitar; and Ashlin Parker, trumpet.

Rachel-Brotman-loresRachel Brotman
Thursday, April 16
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Rachel Brotman is a vocalist, composer, and pianist born and raised in New York. After years of performing and honing her unique vision in New Orleans, where she graduated from Tulane in 2009 with a music/Jazz Studies major, she returned to Brooklyn to lead her own band, drawing from soul and electronic influences with roots in jazz and improvisation. Bandcamp's Best describes her sound as a "beautiful vocal caress tiptoeing along subtle, strangely riveting melodies," while NPR declares that Brotman's voice "exudes a graceful simplicity."

bridge trio

The Bridge Trio
Thursday, April 23
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Bridge Trio, consisting of drummer Joe Dyson, bassist Max Moran, and pianist Conun Pappas, has its roots deeply entrenched in the New Orleans jazz tradition. The young musicians first came together while students at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), under the direction of their mentor and former teacher, legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. Today, when not performing as the Bridge Trio, they are members of saxophone master Donald Harrison’s band, and are composers of innovative compositions in the "Nouveau Swing" style, a style of jazz created by Harrison that merges modern dance music with Afro-New Orleans traditional music.


Fall 2014

MuhammadA Tribute to Idris Muhammad
Thursday, October 16
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Next Generation band, with special guests Herlin Riley (drums, Jazz at Lincoln Center) and Sam Williams (trombone, Big Sam's Funky Nation) will pay tribute to Idris Muhammad (pictured), the legendary New Orleans-born and internationally revered drummer who passed away this past July at the age of 74. From playing with early R&B and rock 'n roll greats in the 1950s, to becoming an in-demand jazz and soul session drummer and band leader in the 1960s and 1970s, to being sampled by scores of hip hop artists, Muhammad is, as described by WWOZ FM's George Ingmire, "on the Mount Rushmore of New Orleans drummers."

Ashlin-ParkerAshlin Parker and Trumpet Mafia
Thursday, October 23
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Born in Charlotte, NC, the New Orleans-based trumpeter and educator has performed with local jazz favorites like Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Jazz Orchestra, as well as popular R&B and pop artists such as Aretha Franklin and Anthony Hamilton. His Trumpet Mafia pairs him with several of the best of his fellow trumpeters.

davell_crawfordDavell Crawford
Thursday, November 13
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Acclaimed as the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” Davell Crawford began playing at age 7 and has staked his claim amongst those musicians in the great New Orleans piano tradition. Drawing from a wide range of influences, from his deep gospel roots to jazz, rhythm and blues, and even country-western, the equally gifted vocalist and Big Easy Entertainment Award winner was described by writer John Sinclair as "one of the most incredibly talented musicians New Orleans has ever produced." My Gift to You, Crawford's latest CD, features guest appearances by Big Freedia and Dr. John. 

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List of Previous Performances

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