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

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2013-2014 Performances

Spring 2014

"Women in Jazz" - co-sponsored by Newcomb College Institute

chelseabaratz2Chelsea Baratz
Thursday, March 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saxophonist Chelsea Baratz is a young band leader whose music follows in the footsteps of 1960’s soul jazz and the hard bop roots of her hometown of Pittsburgh. She's performed with artists such as The Roots, Soulive, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, DJ Logic, and Branford Marsalis, to name a few. She's also a current member of the Maurice Brown Effect.

YolandaWindsay2Yolanda Windsay and Kelly Love Jones
Thursday, April 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
As one of New Orleans' leading vocalists, Yolanda Windsay (pictured) regularly performs alongside her mother, the acclaimed Topsy Chapman, and her sister Jolynda Phillips in their vocal trio Solid Harmony, recently featured in the 2013 documentary Tradition Is a Temple: The Modern Masters of New Orleans. During her career, Windsay has shared the stage with legendary musicians such as Terence Blanchard, Betty Carter, Dr. John, Dizzy Gillespie, Leroy Jones, Max Roach, and many others. Kelly Love Jones is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who The Advocate described as "(embracing) the cultural richness of her native New Orleans in her unique mixture of reggae, soul and hip-hop."

TiaFuller2Tia Fuller
Thursday, April 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Touring and recording with superstar Beyoncé, and also as the assistant director of Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society, has put saxophonist Tia Fuller at the center of the pop music universe, reaching millions of listeners with her concise, beautifully crafted solos. On her own time, the 37-year-old is one the most important new instrumentalists in jazz, as a savvy bandleader, composer, and arranger who follows in the scorching footsteps of masters like Cannonball Adderley, Jackie McLean, and Kenny Garrett. She’s racked up an imposing range of credits, including Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Gerald Wilson, and Nancy Wilson. Fuller is also a devoted educator, lecturing and presenting master classes at music institutions around the world.

Johnaye-Kendrick2Johnaye Kendrick
Thursday, April 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A San Diego native and graduate of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, vocalist Johnaye Kendrick has worked with many contemporary jazz legends, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Christian McBride, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ellis Marsalis, and Brian Blade. Kendrick was also featured on the Grammy-winning 2009 album by Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Book 1. When not touring with her own group, she serves as assistant professor of jazz voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  Trumpeter Nicholas Payton raved, "Johnaye has the potential to be a vocalist of the highest order; the likes of which we have seen seldom since the grande dames of the golden era of jazz roamed about the earth."


Fall 2013

Mike-ClarkMike Clark
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970’s. He first became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust album, and Hancock once remarked, "the solo he played on Actual Proof is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums." Next to James Brown's drummer Clyde Stubblefield, Clark's beats with The Headhunters (most notably on "God Make Me Funky") are some of the most sampled in hip hop. While often referred to as the “Tony Williams of funk”, Mike considers himself a jazz drummer, and in fact has become one of the most vital to sit behind a set. He's performed with jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Bobby Hutcherson, Al Jarreau, and many more.

A Retrospective: The Music of the Wynton Marsalis Quintet
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Modern Piano Masters: The Music of Mulgrew Miller, George Duke, and Cedar Walton
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


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