Topic: music


Louis Prima Collection

The Louis Prima collection has been processed by Tulane University Special Collections and is now accessible to researchers. The collection includes personal and business papers, correspondence, sheet music, photographs, publicity materials and audiovisual materials related to Louis Prima, the legendary New Orleans-born singer, songwriter, bandleader and trumpeter.

Nick Spitzer sits with a microphone, headphones and a computer


Nick Spitzer, professor of anthropology, celebrates 25 years as producer and host of the public radio program “American Routes.” Broadcasting from a studio on the Tulane uptown campus, Spitzer continues to be grateful to “meet and converse” with vernacular musical artists as he brings their stories to a million listeners weekly.

Portrait of dancer Michelle Gibson wearing a hat

Impression: Michelle Gibson

Since leaving New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Michelle Gibson has taken the city’s culture to the world through her own New Orleans second-line aesthetic, a unique blend of dance styles ranging from Afro-funk to jazz.



Alumni Dylan Parilla-Koester (SLA ’18), Rosalind Kidwell (SLA ’19), and Tyler Hawk (SLA ’19), all former band members, have returned to campus as band instructional staff. They join fellow alumna Annie Stansbury (SLA ’15) who is in her third year as Shockwave Dance Team instructor.

choir singing in virtually

Song of Inclusiveness

Music professor leads virtual choir in song of inclusiveness

thumbnail-Melissa Weber inside the Hogan Jazz Archives

Curator of Jazz

Melissa A. Weber, also known as DJ Soul Sister, has been named curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive.


Authentic New Orleans

Matt Sakakeeny, associate professor of music at Tulane, is co-editor of Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity (Duke University Press, 2019). In an opinion piece Sakakeeny co-authored in The Advocate, he writes about the book stating, “… in celebrating the vibrancy of our traditions, we fail to understand that they’re a tremendous driver of profit for those who can capitalize on them.”


Grammy Museum Grant

The Hogan Jazz Archive of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has received a grant from the Grammy Museum to digitize and preserve unique recordings from Vernon Winslow (G ’69), the first African American disc jockey in New Orleans. Winslow (1911-1993) is best remembered for his pioneering work as “Dr. Daddy-O” on WWEZ radio. Once digitized, the recordings will be accessible to the public online.