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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.  

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.