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New Orleans-born Herlin Riley is a renowned drummer, composer, and founding member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York City. He has been a veteran member of the bands of Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis, and his latest album as a bandleader, New Direction, was released in 2016.

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator who's performed, toured, and recorded with Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, and Dianne Reeves, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He attended Juilliard School of Music, and is a former member of the faculties of Northwestern University and Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville).

The New York Times calls New Orleans native Courtney Bryan "a pianist and composer of panoramic interests." Currently serving as an assistant professor in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane, Bryan previously was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her compositions, ranging from jazz and experimental music to gospel and spirituals, have been presented at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Gallery of Art, and Bethany and Abyssinian Baptist Churches, to name a few.

Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and educator Donald Harrison, Jr. is the creator of "Nouveau Swing," which fuses jazz with modern dance music in an effort to keep both traditional and modern jazz alive for future generations. His New Orleans roots and innovative work has led him to perform with legendary jazz artists such as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, and Lena Horne, as well as mentor artists such as hip hop icon The Notorious B.I.G., trumpeter Christian Scott, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and trombonist Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.

Electric bassist Brian Quezergue's introduction to music began as a child who accompanied his father, legendary composer and arranger Wardell Quezergue, at performances and recording sessions in New Orleans. Also an educator, Quezergue often performs locally with artists such as James Andrews, Stephanie Jordan, and the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Choir.

The 50-year long career of master guitarist and banjoist Carl LeBlanc includes performing a range of jazz, from traditional to avant-garde. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band alumnus has played with everyone from Fats Domino to Sun Ra.

Jazz at the Rat is a series of live concerts held on selected Thursday evenings at City Diner (a.k.a. Der Rathskeller or "The Rat") at Tulane. Each edition features performances by jazz legends and rising stars, including visiting artists and New Orleans-based musicians, accompanied by students and faculty from Tulane's jazz studies program.   

Pianist Jesse McBride, host of Jazz at the Rat, will feature the music of composer, band leader, and pianist Duke Ellington, widely considered as one of the most influential figures in jazz and American music.

Jazz at the Rat is a series of live concerts held on selected Thursday evenings at City Diner (a.k.a. Der Rathskeller or "The Rat") at Tulane. Each edition features performances by jazz legends and rising stars, including visiting artists and New Orleans-based musicians, accompanied by students and faculty from Tulane's jazz studies program.   

As a legendary bandleader, educator, NEA Jazz Master, and patriarch of one of New Orleans' most renowned musical families, Ellis Marsalis is regarded as the premier modern jazz pianist in the city. At this special concert, presented annually by the Lagniappe Series of the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Office, Marsalis will perform with his group and participate in an audience Q&A session during the show. Free and open to the public.