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As one of the first free-standing jazz studies departments in the nation, the USC Thornton School was a pioneer in the development of an academic curriculum dedicated to the one true American musical art form. With a world-renown faculty, the Jazz Studies department prepares young musicians for success in the professional performance arena. Recent graduates have assumed prominent roles in jazz and popular music across the nation. The USC Thornton Jazz Studies department consistently ranks in the top three to four in the nation in major jazz periodicals.

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Jazz alumnus featured guest on Jazz Access podcast

August 21, 2015

Walt Simonsen

Trumpeter and USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Walt Simonsen (MM ’06, DMA ’10) was a featured guest on the Jazz Access podcast, on which he talked about the experience of being a professional jazz musician in Los Angeles and reflected about his time at USC. Simonsen leads a trumpet quintet… read more

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