Jazz Studies News

Bob Sheppard’s “The Fine Line” named album of the week

August 13, 2019

WRTI, a radio station in Philadelphia, recently named USC Thornton faculty member and saxophonist Bob Sheppard’s The Fine Line the jazz album of the week. The album, Sheppard’s fifth as a leader, features an eclectic range of tracks where the musician showcases his versatility by performing both tenor and soprano saxophone as well as on […]

Louis Cole

Louis Cole continues collaboration with Bob Mintzer’s WDR Big Band

August 5, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Louis Cole (’09) and Genevieve Artadi, his partner in their celebrated electronic funk-pop band, Knower, have spent the summer collaborating with Bob Mintzer, chair of the USC Thornton Jazz Studies program, and his WDR Big Band. They most recently got together to create a wonderful video of a big band arrangement Mintzer […]

Henry Solomon

Henry Solomon performs in new HAIM video

August 2, 2019

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Henry Solomon (’18) is featured prominently in the music video for HAIM’s new single, “Summer Girl,” that has surpassed over a million views in two days. Throughout the video, Solomon, who studied with Bob Mintzer while at USC Thornton, follows the Haim sisters, playing the saxophone, as they walk throughout […]

Billy Childs to join Berklee as visiting scholar

July 18, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus and celebrated jazz musician Billy Childs ’79 will serve as a visiting scholar at Berklee College of Music for the 2019-20 academic year. During his stint in Boston, Childs, a five-time GRAMMY award recipient, will teach jazz composition classes, coach a student ensemble and offer master classes.

Ronald McCurdy

Ron McCurdy publishes essay in Wall Street Journal

July 2, 2019

USC Thornton Professor of Jazz Studies Ron McCurdy recently penned a fantastic essay on his father, Charles M. McCurdy, in the Wall Street Journal. Charles M. McCurdy was the principal of a mostly black high school in the rural town of Belle Glade, Florida for 15 years in the 1950s and 1960s. Although it was […]

Louis Cole

Louis Cole and Bob Mintzer collaborate with WDR Big Band

June 7, 2019

In May, USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Louis Cole (’09) and Genevieve Artadi, his partner in their celebrated electronic funk-pop band, Knower, joined Bob Mintzer, chair of the USC Thornton Jazz Studies program, in a performance with WDR Big Band at JazzFest Bonn. Mintzer, who in 2016 became the bandleader of the award-winning band based […]


The Yellowjackets featured on Something Else

June 4, 2019

The music website Something Else recently featured an article on the founding of the Yellowjackets, an iconic jazz quartet that includes three USC Thornton faculty members – saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Will Kennedy. According to the piece, Ferrante met the other founding members, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson, while working in […]

Sara Gazarek

Sara Gazarek featured on KNKX

May 1, 2019

Sara Gazarek, a USC Thornton Jazz Studies faculty member and jazz vocalist, was featured on KNKX, a public radio station in the Pacific Northwest that highlights jazz and blues. The story discusses her success and her recent return to Seattle, her hometown, for a series of performances where the vocalist previewed her upcoming album, Thirsty Ghost.

Billy Childs to headline festival in New Zealand

April 30, 2019

Billy Childs ’79, a GRAMMY Award-winning artist and USC Thornton alumnus, will headline the 24th annual New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival on June 1. He will perform with his quartet alongside Dayna Stephens on saxophone, bassist Alex Boneham and drummer Christian Euman. The five-day, 26-show festival is one of New Zealand’s longest-running music […]

Festival of Books

USC Thornton musicians take the stage at the 2019 LA Times Festival of Books

April 12, 2019

Over 150,000 Angelenos will make their way to USC’s University Park campus this weekend for the annual LA Times Festival of Books. The two-day festival, taking place April 13-14, is a world-renowned gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers. As part of the programming, attendees will watch an impressive lineup of USC […]

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