Events for Contemporary Music

Screening & Panel: “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary”

PBS SoCal presents a free preview screening of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jazz Studies faculty member Bob Mintzer. The panel will include the film's director, John Scheinfeld, as well as Michelle Coltrane, musician Bennie Maupin, and Thornton faculty member Roy McCurdy. A free RSVP is required. This event is co-organized by the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg, USC Annenberg, and the USC Thornton School of Music.

Jazz Duos: Voice & Guitar

Students from the USC Thornton Vocal Jazz and Studio/Jazz Guitar departments present a showcase of duo performances featuring singers and guitarists.

Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton student jazz ensembles. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

Donuts with the Dean

Grab a free donut and share your questions, ideas, and impressions with Robert Cutietta, Dean of USC Thornton, in this informal feedback session.

Sketches of Miles: A Workshop-Performance

The classical and jazz worlds meet when violinist Etienne Gara, pianist Patrice Rushen, bassist Edwin Livingston, and drummer/percussionist Ian Wurfl revisit pieces from Bach to Miles Davis, along with Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin and Zawinul. Following the workshop-performance, USC Thornton dean Robert Cutietta and USC Dornsife neuroscience professor Antonio Damasio lead the musicians in a panel discussion about their process.

Jazz Night

Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Ella

Bob Mintzer leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a celebration honoring Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.

Jazz Night

Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

Improvisation Masterclass with Stephen Nachmanovitch

Improvisational violinist Stephen Nachmanovitch, author of Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, presents a lecture in free musical improvisation, followed by a hands-on workshop. Audience members are invited to bring their musical instruments, but non-musicians will also be welcome to participate.

Popular Music Strings Ensemble

Robbie Anderson leads the Popular Music Strings ensemble in an evening showcase.

Concert Jazz Orchestra: Star Wars Night

The Concert Jazz Orchestra performs music from John Williams' Star Wars film scores, arranged by Thornton students and alumni for big band.

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. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

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