On Nov. 15, the Bob Mintzer R and Big Band project performed for a packed house at Vitellos jazz club in Studio City. The band, comprised of five current and three former students, along with some of L.A.’s top musician, played a program of Mintzer arrangements of 60′d R and B songs. The USC contingent did a […]
Students, parents and faculty walked downstairs to the underground bar and performance venue underneath the USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Nov. 4th. The Tommy’s Place stage was set for the Thornton Jazz Orchestra (TJO) to play, except this show would feature a special guest: Lennart Aberg. Aberg is a Swedish jazz musician, composer and […]
On Monday Oct. 14, USC’s Carson Sound Stage housed the Jazz Honors Combo, under the direction of faculty member Jason Goldman. Pianist Jacob Mann advertised it online as a “free” jazz show, pun very much intended. The night would be a tribute to the originator of the free jazz style, Ornette Coleman. The combo was […]
The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra played the tunes of legendary and revolutionary bassist Charles Mingus on Sept. 30 at an underground music hub on campus known as Tommy’s Place, located right underneath the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The concert featured many arrangements by students, such as pianist Rochelle Tanner, and was directed by faculty […]
Vince Mendoza has been at the forefront of the jazz and contemporary music scene as a composer, conductor, and recording artist for the last 20 years.
Modern Drummer Magazine Columnist John Emrich assists USC Thornton jazz faculty, Peter Erskine, with a multimedia performance for the Kellogg Innovative Network’s “Etudes for Innovation, Opus 5” event. learn more