Jazz Studies News

Andrew Harrison selected as Beverly Hills National Audition winner

October 10, 2019

USC Thornton alum and saxophonist Andrew Harrison (DMA ’15) was recently selected as a 2019-2020 Beverly Hills National Audition winner. Performers are awarded annually, and subsequently perform monthly in various concert series to celebrate and showcase their selection. After a recent installment of the concert series The Interludes, Harrison received a glowing review in the […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumni enter GRAMMY Award consideration

October 9, 2019

A number of Thornton faculty and alumni have entered consideration for GRAMMY award nominations. Jazz Studies faculty member Sara Gazarek’s album Thirsty Ghost is up for consideration in multiple categories including Best Jazz Vocal Album. Alumnus Gernot Wolfgang’s (GCRT ’94) chamber music album, Vienna and the West, was entered in the Best Classical Compendium category. […]


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Patrice Rushen returns to Monterey Jazz Festival with Christian McBride Situation

September 23, 2019

Patrice Rushen, chair of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle ahead of her return to the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 27 with the Christian McBride Situation. Rushen first performed at the festival as a senior in high school in 1972, when she led her combo to […]


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Daedelus to release new album, the Bittereinders, on Brainfeeder

September 18, 2019

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Alfred Darlington (’00), widely known as Daedelus, will release a new album on Sept. 20. The Bittereinders will close out his End of Empire musical trilogy, which also includes Righteous Fists of Harmony (2010) and The Light Brigade (2014). Like the previous installments of his trilogy, The Bittereinders is inspired […]


Moonchild follows album release with national tour

September 16, 2019

Moonchild, a Los Angeles based neo-R&B triad, will set off on a national tour this fall for their recent album Little Ghost, which was released on Sept. 6. Jazz Studies alumni Amber Navran (’12), Max Bryk (’11) and Andris Mattson (’13) formed Moonchild in 2012 and have released several projects since. Moonchild will kick off […]


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USC Thornton students to perform at KAABOO Festival

September 10, 2019

USC Thornton Popular Music students Marshall Via (’21) and Shane Cronin (’22) will perform at the KAABOO Del Mar festival on Sat., Sept 14 with their band, Sir, Please. Their performance, part of the festival’s Amplify (VIP) lineup, will feature a horn section of current students from the Jazz Studies program: Sam Shapiro (’21), Gray […]


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 […]


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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 […]


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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.


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