Jazz Studies News

Drumming and jazz events honor the memory of Leon “Ndugu” Chancler

October 18, 2018

In September, world-renowned drummer and USC Thornton faculty member Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, who passed away last Spring, was honored at the 37th annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival at the Watts Towers Arts Center. The day-long event featured a taiko drumming ensemble, percussion artists of all styles, members of the Locke High School […]


Alum John Storie records with Jeff Goldblum jazz orchestra

October 9, 2018

Guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus John Storie (BM ’06, Studio Guitar) is featured on the forthcoming album, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, which will be released November 9th. The 14-track album by the well-known actor and part-time jazz pianist Goldblum, includes appearances by Haley Reinhart, Till Bronner, Imelda May, and comedian Sarah Silverman. […]


Sara Gazarek featured on Jazz Session podcast

September 27, 2018

The Jazz Session podcast recently featured an interview with jazz vocalist and USC Thornton faculty member Sara Gazarek, previewing tracks from her forthcoming album. Gazarek discussed her role as a performer, writer, arranger and band leader, as well as how she finds “the courage to bare her soul through her music.” Gazarek will perform with […]


The Yellowjackets to release new album

September 6, 2018

The Los Angeles-based jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets, will release a new album on September 14th. The group, which includes three USC Thornton faculty – saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Will Kennedy – along with bassist Dane Alderson, has recorded close to 30 albums, been nominated for 17 GRAMMY Awards, and has been […]


Daniel Weidlein to release new jazz album

June 6, 2018

Composer, saxophonist, and producer Daniel Weidlein (BM ’12), a USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus, will release his debut album, Fire in the Sky, on June 22nd. A preview single, The Red Line Suite, is now available for purchase. Weidlein will present a special album release concert at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles on June […]


Daedelus releases new album

June 1, 2018

Electronic musician and USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Alfred Darlington (’00), known professionally as Daedelus, has released his 19th studio album, Taut, and will embark on a European and American tour through the end of July. The Barcelona Sónar Festival recently asked the artist to compose a 10-second, interstellar audio track to communicate with a […]


Jazz alumna Hiroe Sekine tops songwriting competition

April 26, 2018

Jazz pianist and USC Thornton alumna Hiroe Sekine (BM ’09) recently won First Place in the jazz category of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for the song “Nippon Barre” from her 2017 album, One World One Sun. The album, produced by Jazz Studies faculty member Russell Ferrante, blends traditional Japanese instrumentation with jazz styles and […]


March 6th memorial service for Ndugu Chancler

February 15, 2018

A funeral service has been announced for Ndugu Chancler, who passed away on February 3rd at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Memorial for Ndugu Chancler Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11:00AM Faithful Central Bible Church in the Tabernacle building (Map) 321 N. Eucalyptus Avenue Inglewood, CA 90302


USC celebrates Diversity Week Jan. 22-26

January 18, 2018

From Monday, January 22nd to Friday the 26th, 2018, the USC community will come together for Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Week, presenting over 60 events, workshops, talks, and panels from “Understanding Allyship” to “Tips for Pronouncing Chinese Names.” USC Thornton faculty will take part in several events, including “And Still We Rise: Women of Color […]


Divya Maus and Daniel Weidlein release holiday single

December 4, 2017

Popular Music alumna Divya Maus (BA ’14) and saxophonist/producer Daniel Weidlein (BM ’12, Jazz Studies) have released a holiday single entitled “Baby You Know What I Need,” now available on Apple Music and Spotify. The two met while students at Thornton and have frequently collaborated together at Weidlein’s studio, The B(e)at Cave.


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