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 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.
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Born in 1952, pianist Rickie Monie was raised in New Orleans’s Ninth Ward near pianists Edward Frank and Roosevelt Sykes, as well as Preservation Hall trumpeter Frank Parker. His father began teaching him at the age of eight, and he eventually played piano and organ in church. Monie came to know legendary New Orleans artists Sweet Emma Barrett, Milton Batiste, Harold “Duke” Dejan, and Manny Sayles as he went to hear music in the French Quarter. Before long, he was performing as a clarinetist with Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band and, in 1982, he began sitting in for the aging Barrett on piano. When he’s not on tour, Monie plays regularly at Preservation Hall and at various churches around New Orleans.
Connie Han Trio
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Next generation Los Angeles pianist Connie Han will celebrate the release of Crime Zone, her debut album for Mack Avenue Records. Han, who began her professional piano career at 17 year-old, performs an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz. “Because I never received training from a formal jazz piano teacher, most of my musical perspective actually came from interacting with a professional drummer when I was just a youngling, trying to hang on for dear life,” she says. “I think that experience has given me a unique edge which informs the heavily percussive elements of my playing.”
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Vocalist and songwriter Christien Bold discovered his voice during choral training while attending middle school and high school in New Orleans. His career in music officiall began when he was chosen to perform at Armstrong Park's Jazz in the Park series in 2012. Bold credits Al Jarreau, Shirley Horn, Nnenna Freelon, and Ella Fitzgerald among his influences.
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Amina Scott is an Oakland, CA, native, and 2016 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. She is the leader of her own quintet, co-leads the bands Noruz and Outer Core, an improvised chamber music group, and is also a member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
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