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Student Activities and Programs




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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 donuts@tulane.edu or 504-865-5728.



2016-2017 Performances



Fall 2016

Brandee-YoungerBrandee Younger
Thursday, October 20
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents, harpist Brandee Younger is as a creative linchpin who's willing to push boundaries on record and in performance. Based in New York, Younger's quest to ”make the harp a more relevant force in today’s music” has led her to sharing stages with jazz leaders and popular hip hop and R&B titans including Ravi Coltrane, Common, Jack Dejohnette, Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Pharoah Sanders, and many more. Her latest album, Wax and Wane, is produced by Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment.

Alvin-BatisteA Tribute to Alvin Batiste
Thursday, November 3
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jazz at the Rat will celebrate the musical legacy of clarinetist and educator Alvin Batiste, an avant-garde instrumentalist who once toured with Ray Charles and Cannonball Adderley, and helped to establish New Orleans' modern jazz scene of New Orleans, alongside artists such as Harold Battiste and Ellis Marsalis. He also founded Southern University's Jazz Institute, one of the first jazz studies programs of its kind in the U.S. Batiste died in 2007 at age 74. Featuring "Jesse McBride presents The Next Generation."


white-boxEllis Marsalis Center Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, November 10
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Bio forthcoming







Carl-AllenCarl Allen
Thursday, November 17
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, and educator Carl Allen has provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. The one-time musical director for Freddie Hubbard remains active today as leader of the Carl Allen Quartet and The Art of Elvin, as well as sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson, and others.




Jazz at the Rat Archive

List of Previous Performances



Articles about Jazz at the Rat



For more information about Jazz at the Rat, contact 504-865-5728504-865-5728 or donuts@tulane.edu.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 504-865-5720 donuts@tulane.edu