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Ambrose Akinmusire and Gerald Clayton perform in NEA Jazz Masters ceremony

September 8, 2020

USC Thornton alumni Ambrose Akinmusire (MM ’07) and Gerald Clayton (BM ’07) performed in the virtual edition of this year’s National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters ceremony. The virtual concert on August 20 honored Dorthaan Kirk, Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell and Reggie Workman with a packed lineup of performances and speakers. Pianist Clayton performs […]


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Jason Goldman releases “Hypnotized,” new EP of jazz arrangements

September 2, 2020

Jason Goldman, chair of the Jazz Studies program and a celebrated producer and arranger, has released a new EP, “Hypnotized,” featuring arrangements from the American Songbook and original songs in the same style. Known for his award-winning arrangements with singer Michael Bublé, Goldman, often known professionally as “Spicy G,” featured three exceptional vocalists: Erin Bentlage, […]


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Tish Oney publishes Peggy Lee biography for icon’s centennial

August 19, 2020

Jazz Studies alum Tish Oney (DMA ’07) celebrated the 100th birthday of music icon Peggy Lee with the publication of her new biography, “Peggy Lee: A Century of Song,” released in July. Oney’s book focuses on Lee’s artistic development, cultural impact, musicianship, and legacy as a songwriter. Oney’s exploration of Peggy Lee’s legacy began as […]


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Simon Hwang sets Cleopatra’s life to music

August 13, 2020

Simon Hwang, a double major in Jazz Studies at USC Thornton and Business Administration at USC Dornsife, took an unconventional approach to his final project for a general education course, foregoing a traditional term paper to create two new jazz compositions based on the life of Cleopatra. His cross-disciplinary project was recently highlighted in a […]


Billy Childs discusses upcoming album in JazzTimes interview

August 10, 2020

USC Thornton alum and GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Billy Childs (BM ’79) is set to release a new album on Aug. 28, and reflects on its influences in a recent JazzTimes interview. Childs reminisces on the artists and projects that have inspired his music, such as his time playing at World Stage, a historic art and […]


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Sara Gazarek interviewed for LondonJazz News

August 5, 2020

Jazz Studies faculty member Sara Gazarek was recently interviewed for LondonJazz News. In the interview, Gazarek answers questions about her current influences, her new vocal quartet, säje, and how she has felt as a musician during the pandemic. “Honestly, right now feels incredibly important,” she says. “Not just for me, but for the world – […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumni nominated for Emmy Awards

July 28, 2020

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were nominated in the 72nd Emmy Awards, announced on July 28. Laura Karpman, a faculty member in the celebrated Screen Scoring program, received two nominations for her work on the Discovery Channel’s “Why We Hate.” Karpman was nominated in the categories of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding […]


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New archival recording released featuring Roy McCurdy in legendary quintet

July 15, 2020

A new album of live concert recordings from the 1960s by saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and his quintet, featuring Jazz Studies faculty member Roy McCurdy on drums, was digitized and released for the first time. Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967) was released by Cellar Music Group imprint Reel to Real to share and […]


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Renée Elise Goldsberry interviewed in LA Times

July 9, 2020

Tony Award-winning Jazz Studies alum Renée Elise Goldsberry (MM ’97) was interviewed in the LA Times about her role as Angelica Schuyler in the hit musical Hamilton after the film version of the musical was recently released on Disney+. Goldsberry, who was also nominated for a GRAMMY in addition to her Tony win, talks about […]


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Gerald Clayton signs with Blue Note Records, new live album to release in July

June 10, 2020

Four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and USC Thornton alum Gerald Clayton (BM ’07) signed with Blue Note Records earlier this year, and will release his first album with the label, Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard, on July 10. The album was recorded live at the Village Vanguard in New York City with a quintet of […]


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