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Scary Pockets covers Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You”

October 13, 2017

close Scary Pockets is a Los Angeles funk band that features four USC Thornton alumni. Vocalist Kenton Chen (’10, Popular Music), guitarist Ryan Lerman (’09, Studio/Jazz Guitar), drummer Ben Rose (a Dornsife grad who majored in Jazz Studies for one year), bassist Sam Wilkes (’13, Popular Music), and keyboardist Jack Conte recently recorded a cover […]

Frank Potenza to be honored in native Rhode Island

March 16, 2017

Frank Potenza, a member of USC Thornton’s Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. The Providence native lived in Rhode Island until the 1980’s and formerly taught at the Rhode Island School of Music. Potenza, who is an active performer, composer and arranger, has released 9 solo albums […]

USC Thornton faculty and musicians attending music education camp in Brazil

January 17, 2017

USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta is currently attending GLOMUS, a gathering of international music and arts education professionals in Natal, Brazil, along with several Thornton students and faculty. The biennial event, which is hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, aims to “create a forum for intercultural exchange in the fields of […]

Greg Phillinganes brings all-star band to campus to perform with students

October 31, 2016

On Friday, Oct. 21, noted musical director Greg Phillinganes brought an all-star band to campus for a special Popular Music Forum featuring musicians from the bands of Michael Jackson, The Tonight Show, and more. After running the band through examples of musical genres, from Rihanna’s “Work” to Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and Willie […]

Pat Kelley headlines first annual Chet Baker Festival

October 19, 2015

Pat Kelley, senior lecturer in USC Thornton’s Studio Guitar program, headlined at the first annual Chet Baker Jazz Festival on October 10, 2015. The event was held in Yale, Oklahoma, the birthplace of the renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Kelley and his trio performed in one of several concerts honoring Baker’s musical legacy.

Alumnus Terry Carter releases second educational music app

October 15, 2015

USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar alumnus Terry Carter (MM ’02), a Los Angeles-based guitarist, producer and educator, has released a new mobile app to parallel his Rock Like the Pro’s guitar book series. Users of the Rock Like the Pro’s app will have access to over 300 videos and lessons that cover the logistics of learning […]

Bruce Forman’s jazz trio profiled in Glendale News-Press

August 26, 2015

USC Thornton faculty member and internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Bruce Forman will perform with his jazz trio on Aug. 26, at Burbank’s Viva Cantina. The group, known as Bruce Forman’s Trio, will perform songs from their latest album entitled “The Book of Forman,” which the Glendale News-Press has already lauded for its fierce and authentic […]


Bruce Forman profiled in interview with Tuscon Weekly

May 23, 2014

Tucson Weekly featured Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop, a jazz and Western music-themed band. The story noted he teaches guitar at USC and has invited younger students to perform in Cow Bop. “While I love serious music, and I play just as much to challenge myself, I think jazz has to be more […]

Bruce Forman’s band Cow Bop profiled in Monterey County Weekly

March 19, 2014

Jazz/Studio Guitar faculty Bruce Forman was recently interviewed by Monterey County Weekly for a profile on Cow Bop — the jazz-cowboy swing combo fronted by Forman and his wife, who performs under the name Pinto Pammy. Since forming a decade ago, Cow Bop has performed at the Montreal & Monterey Jazz Festivals, the Sisters Folk Festival, as well […]

William Kanengiser, alumni perform at New York Guitar Festival

January 16, 2014

William Kanengiser, a USC Thornton alumnus and member of the Classical Guitar faculty, will co-curate a day-long event titled “Guitar Marathon: Las Americas” for the New York Guitar Festival on January 20, 2014. Working with famed Brazilian guitarist and composer Badi Assad, Kanengiser has assembled a roster of performers that includes alumni David Mozqueda, Colin […]

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