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Jazz At The Rat

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 City Diner (aka Der Rathskeller or The Rat), on the garden level of the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC). 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 more information, contact Melissa A. Weber, manager of grants and programs, NTC Dean's Office, at or 504-314-2829.

2017-2018 Performances

Fall 2017

The Music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Jazz at the Rat host and curator Jesse McBride will feature the music of Louis Armstrong's earliest recordings as the leader of his Hot Five and Hot Seven, recorded between 1925 and 1928. Armstrong is considered to be one of the greatest artists and musicians in the history of American popular music.

2016-2017 Performances

Spring 2017

Germaine Bazzle

Germaine Bazzle
Thursday, February 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Germaine Bazzle, also known as New Orleans' "First Lady of Jazz," is one of the city's most important jazz vocalists and educators. Her rich singing style and stirring, improvised scatting have delighted audiences for decades.

Keyon Harrold

Keyon Harrold
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Raised from the fires of (now infamous) Ferguson, Missouri, Keyon Harrold has developed a reputation as one of the world's most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters. The 2016 Grammy Award nominee has toured, recorded with, or produced for some of the world's top artists, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, and Maxwell. He was also featured in Miles Ahead as the trumpet sound of actor Don Cheadle, who played Miles Davis in the 2016 biopic. (Photo by Deneka Peniston)

The Music of Ellis Marsalis
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Jazz at the Rat host Jesse McBride will lead a tribute to Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans' premier modern jazz pianist.

Fall 2016

Brandee Younger

Brandee 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 Batiste

A 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, 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."

Ellis Marsalis Center Jazz Orchestra

Ellis Marsalis Center Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, November 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Carl Allen

Carl 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

For more information about Jazz at the Rat, contact 504-314-2829 or