Events for Jazz Studies

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).

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).

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).

ALAJE: the Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble

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

Jazz Night featuring CreSCendo

The CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).