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. For more information, contact the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs at or 504-865-5728.

2015-2016 Performances

Spring 2016

tribute James-blackA Tribute to James Black featuring Joe Dyson
Thursday, February 25
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jesse McBride and The Next Generation will celebrate the musical legacy of James Black (pictured), remembered as one of New Orleans' "greatest funk drummers of all time." Special guest drummer/percussionist Joe Dyson is a native New Orleanian and Berklee College of Music graduate who performs regularly with Christian Scott, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donald Harrison Jr., Nicholas Payton, and the Bridge Trio, among other acclaimed artists.


Daniel-SadownickDaniel Sadownick
Thursday, March 3
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Daniel Sadownick is an ambidextrous one-man percussion section, creating wondrous Afro-Cuban, Latin, Haitian, jazz, and soul grooves on congas, bongos, bata, tumbas, quintos, cymbals, cowbells, and an assortment of shakers, claves, and shells from around the world. The Bronx native and member of the Screaming Headless Torsos earned his graduate degree from New York University in Musical Education, and has toured with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, performed with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Maxwell, Christian McBride, and Dianne Reeves, and appeared on albums by Al Green and Steely Dan. Photo by Guy Van de Poel.

Joe-LastieJoe Lastie
Thursday, March 10
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Since 1989, drummer Joe Lastie has been a member of the award-winning Preservation Hall Jazz Band, known worldwide for keeping traditional jazz music alive. He has also performed with legends like Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and Irma Thomas. His family boasts a long line of classic and contemporary New Orleans music royalty, including drummers Walter “Popee” Lastie and Herlin Riley, as well as multi-instrumentalist Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, trombonist Glen David Andrews, trumpeter Melvin Lastie, saxophonist David Lastie, vocalist Jessie Hill, and more.

Steve-MasakowskiSteve Masakowski
Thursday, April 7
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Steve Masakowski is regarded as one of the top jazz artists of his hometown of New Orleans. In addition to having played guitar with most of the city’s greatest musicians, including Ellis Marsalis, Danny Barker, and James Black, he has been an active member of the award-winning Astral Project. He is currently on the faculty at the University of New Orleans, where he holds the position of Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies.

Fall 2015

Harold-BattisteA Tribute to Harold Battiste
Thursday, October 1
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jesse McBride and The Next Generation will celebrate the musical legacy of Harold Battiste, the legendary arranger and producer who passed away at the age of 83 this past June. Among his great list of accomplishments, Battiste founded AFO Records, the first African American musician-owned label, in 1961. He also helped to shape the career of Dr. John, producing his early albums and helping to develop his “Night Tripper” stage persona.

Richard-MotenRichard Moten
Thursday, October 8
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Based in New Orleans, veteran bassist Richard Moten performs regularly with traditional jazz bands at local venues such as Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor, the Palm Court Jazz Café, and Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse.



Mike Moreno
Thursday, October 22
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Mike Moreno is recognized as one of the leading voices in the new generation of the jazz guitarists today. His work appears on rapper Q-Tip’s The Renaissance, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Hip Hop Album in 2010, and he has performed and toured with acclaimed artists such as Robert Glasper, Me’Shell N’Degeocello, and Terence Blanchard. As Nate Chinen wrote in JazzTimes, “There are many other guitarists out there pushing towards a modern ideal, but none with the precise coordinates that Mike Moreno has charted."  


Courtney Bryan
Thursday, November 19
7:00 -9:00 p.m.
The New York Times describes Courtney Bryan as “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests.” Focusing on bridging the sacred and the secular, Bryan's recent compositions explore human emotions through sound, confronting the challenge of notating the feeling of improvisation. Her work has been presented at Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Bethany and Abyssinian Baptist Churches, to name a few. Following her term as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, the native New Orleanian will join the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane as an assistant professor of music in the fall of 2016.

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