Events for Contemporary Music

USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra: Kind of Blue

Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in a program of original arrangements from the biggest jazz album of all-time, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Considered by most critics to be the greatest jazz recording, the album is comprised of five iconic pieces: So What, Freddy Freeloader, Blue in Green, All Blues, and Flamenco Sketches.

Musician's Wellness Initiative: Good Vibrations

Emmy Award-winning composer and faculty member Richard Wolf presents a talk about mindfulness and meditation for musicians.

New Jazz Showcase

The Division of Contemporary Music presents an evening showcasing the new jazz sound evolving at USC Thornton, featuring original tunes written, arranged and performed by students.

ALAJE

Led by Aaron Serfaty, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble (ALAJE) presents an evening of jazz standards reinvented with a focus on the rhythmic traditions of Brazil and Cuba.

Jazz Night featuring the Jazz Honors Combo

The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of standards and original compositions.

Studio/Jazz Guitar Ensemble Showcase

Thornton's Studio/Jazz Guitar program presents its guitar ensembles in an annual showcase.

Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, led by music director Bob Mintzer, presents an evening of standards and original compositions as part of an ongoing series of contemporary jazz.

Latin Pop Showcase

Faculty member Andy Abad and students from the Popular Music Program showcase songs in the styles of Juanes, Shakira, and Trio Los Pancho, among many others.

Jazz Night featuring Non-Major Combos

Students enrolled in Thornton's elective courses or earning Minors in Jazz Studies present an evening of contemporary jazz as part of an ongoing series.

Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music program students explore the foundations of their craft in this showcase.

Jazz Night featuring CreSCendo

The CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz.

Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

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