Jazz Studies News

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.


Alex Hahn releases new jazz album

November 30, 2017

Saxophonist and Jazz Studies alumnus Alex Hahn (MM ’16) has released new album, Emerging, featuring original music for septet and strings. Drawing on jazz, classical, and cinematic musical influences, the album includes performances by USC Thornton students Paul Cornish, Ramsey Castaneda, and Logan Kane, as well as alumnus Jon Hatamiya (MM ’16), Hahn’s colleague at […]


College Magazine surveys “10 Music Courses at USC to Jump Start Your Music Career”

November 27, 2017

College Magazine recently put USC Thornton at the center of an article exploring college courses to “Jump Start Your Music Career.” From classes in jazz performance and music theory to Music and Science Fiction and Thornton’s legendary Beatles class, the piece surveys the many innovative learning opportunities available to Thornton music students. The article puts […]


Alphonso Johnson speaks “Off the Podium”

October 11, 2017

Bassist Alphonso Johnson, a member of the USC Thornton Jazz Studies faculty, was recently featured as a guest on the Off the Podium podcast, hosted by Tigran Arakelyan. Johnson, who has performed with Santana, Weather Report, George Duke, and Wayne Shorter, among many others, spoke about the renewed focus on his own education after his […]


Scott Jeppesen published in “Music Educators Journal”

September 22, 2017

In their June 2017 issue, Music Educators Journal featured “Humanizing the Deities of Jazz,” an article by USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Scott Jeppesen (BM ’06, MM ’08, DMA ’16). The piece explores the context surrounding the development of jazz and suggests technological resources to aid educators in their own jazz education curriculum. Jeppesen states […]


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