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The Lagniappe Series

Ellis Marsalis performs at Tulane.Lagniappe is an old Creole word for "a little something extra." The Lagniappe Series of the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs adds "something extra" to the Tulane experience by introducing students to New Orleans' unique music and culture.

One of Lagniappe's cornerstone events is a free concert each fall by legendary jazz musician and educator Ellis Marsalis (pictured below, at right).

Ellis Marsalis performs at his annual Lagniappe series concert at Tulane. Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo.Lagniappe also presents Jazz at the Rat, a series of informal and more intimate concerts held at Der Rathskeller, familiarly known as "The Rat," in the Lavin-Bernick Center.  Hosted and curated by 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.

Additionally, the Lagniappe Series hosts concerts by visiting artists, such as drummer Chris Dave of Houston, TX. All events are free and open to the public.