Jazz Studies News

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 […]


Applications are now open for the LA Phil’s Hack Music LA

August 29, 2017

Applications are now open for Hack Music LA, a two-day event (October 7 & 8) that will bring together 75 of the country’s most creative makers to develop tools and experiences to expand music for all. The innovative, music-inspired hackathon is hosted by the LA Phil in partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music […]


Alan Pasqua featured in Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture

June 8, 2017

Jazz pianist and USC Thornton faculty member Alan Pasqua recently received an extraordinary request – to contribute improvisational background music for Bob Dylan’s 2016 Nobel Prize lecture, which was released as a video this week. Pasqua, who played in Dylan’s band in the 1970’s, had just one day to record about 30 minutes of original […]


Moonchild embarks on international tour with new album

June 8, 2017

The band Moonchild, which was formed at USC Thornton in 2012 by Jazz Studies alumni Amber Navran (’12), Max Bryk (’11), and Andris Mattson (’13), is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour. The Jazz and R&B-influenced group, which has opened for Stevie Wonder, Jose James, and Georgia Anne Muldrow, is promoting […]


Peter Erskine releases new trio album

April 25, 2017

Peter Erskine, jazz drummer and director of Drumset Studies at USC Thornton, recently released a new trio album, In Praise of Shadows. The trio features Erskine, bassist Damian Erskine, and pianist Vardan Ovsepian, who wrote several of the tracks. Electronic valve instrumentalist Judd Miller and cellist Artyom Manukyan are guest artists on the album. All […]


Thornton Combo takes top prize at Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

April 6, 2017

The USC Thornton Jazz Composers Collective recently took first place at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Under the direction of faculty member Vince Mendoza, the Composers Collective performed all original music and have been invited back for a special engagement at the Monterey Jazz Festival this coming September. Thornton saxophonist and DMA candidate Ramsey […]


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