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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 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. Click here for driving directions to City Diner.

2017-2018 Performances

Spring 2018

Antoine Drye
Thursday, February 22, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

New York-based trumpeter Antoine Drye has been playing professionally for over two decades, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in jazz including Ellis Marsalis, Brian Blade, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Mark Whitfield, Helen Sung, and many more.

The Music of Geri Allen featuring Courtney Bryan
Thursday, March 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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. She will perform the works of Geri Allen, the influential jazz pianist, educator, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient who passed away in June 2017.

Peter Martin
Thursday, April 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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).

Herlin Riley
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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.

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.

The Music of Duke Ellington
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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.

Carl LeBlanc
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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.

Brian Quezergue
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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.


Jazz at the Rat Archive

List of Previous Performances

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