Topic: music

stylish and charming Louis Prima winks in an old photo

The Prima Papers

An archive of one of jazz’s ‘wildest’ performers finds a home at Tulane.

Courtney Bryan sits with open piano

Composer and Pianist Courtney Bryan Receives ‘Genius Grant’

Courtney Bryan, music professor in the School of Liberal Arts, has been named a 2023 “genius grant” recipient by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

pencil sketch of B. Michael Howard smiling with folded arms

Tribute: B. Michael Howard

B. Michael Howard, beloved music faculty member and longtime artistic director for Summer Lyric Theatre, died on Aug. 12, 2023.


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