Studio Guitar News

Jaden Smith highlights work with Thornton faculty member Nick Stoubis

June 5, 2018

Musician and actor Jaden Smith mentioned his work with Nick Stoubis (pictured), chair of USC Thornton’s Studio Guitar program, on the radio show Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Real 92.3 in Los Angeles. On June 1st, Smith visited the show for an insightful conversation. “People are not making music right now that’s informed by the past,” […]


Molly Miller pens article for Premier Guitar

May 30, 2018

A sought-after Los Angeles guitarist, USC Thornton Studio Guitar alumna Molly Miller (BM ’11, DMA ’16) was recently published in Premier Guitar, in the first article of an ongoing series. Her piece, entitled “Dr. Molly’s Guitar Lab: The Badass Riffs of Sister Rosetta Tharpe,” breaks down the compositional patterns behind the “Original Soul Sister’s” distinctive […]


Scary Pockets covers Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You”

October 13, 2017

close Scary Pockets is a Los Angeles funk band that features four USC Thornton alumni. Vocalist Kenton Chen (’10, Popular Music), guitarist Ryan Lerman (’09, Studio/Jazz Guitar), drummer Ben Rose (a Dornsife grad who majored in Jazz Studies for one year), bassist Sam Wilkes (’13, Popular Music), and keyboardist Jack Conte recently recorded a cover […]


Frank Potenza to be honored in native Rhode Island

March 16, 2017

Frank Potenza, a member of USC Thornton’s Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. The Providence native lived in Rhode Island until the 1980’s and formerly taught at the Rhode Island School of Music. Potenza, who is an active performer, composer and arranger, has released 9 solo albums […]


USC Thornton faculty and musicians attending music education camp in Brazil

January 17, 2017

USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta is currently attending GLOMUS, a gathering of international music and arts education professionals in Natal, Brazil, along with several Thornton students and faculty. The biennial event, which is hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, aims to “create a forum for intercultural exchange in the fields of […]


Greg Phillinganes brings all-star band to campus to perform with students

October 31, 2016

On Friday, Oct. 21, noted musical director Greg Phillinganes brought an all-star band to campus for a special Popular Music Forum featuring musicians from the bands of Michael Jackson, The Tonight Show, and more. After running the band through examples of musical genres, from Rihanna’s “Work” to Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and Willie […]


Pat Kelley headlines first annual Chet Baker Festival

October 19, 2015

Pat Kelley, senior lecturer in USC Thornton’s Studio Guitar program, headlined at the first annual Chet Baker Jazz Festival on October 10, 2015. The event was held in Yale, Oklahoma, the birthplace of the renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Kelley and his trio performed in one of several concerts honoring Baker’s musical legacy.


Alumnus Terry Carter releases second educational music app

October 15, 2015

USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar alumnus Terry Carter (MM ’02), a Los Angeles-based guitarist, producer and educator, has released a new mobile app to parallel his Rock Like the Pro’s guitar book series. Users of the Rock Like the Pro’s app will have access to over 300 videos and lessons that cover the logistics of learning […]


Bruce Forman’s jazz trio profiled in Glendale News-Press

August 26, 2015

USC Thornton faculty member and internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Bruce Forman will perform with his jazz trio on Aug. 26, at Burbank’s Viva Cantina. The group, known as Bruce Forman’s Trio, will perform songs from their latest album entitled “The Book of Forman,” which the Glendale News-Press has already lauded for its fierce and authentic […]


Cowbop

Bruce Forman profiled in interview with Tuscon Weekly

May 23, 2014

Tucson Weekly featured Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop, a jazz and Western music-themed band. The story noted he teaches guitar at USC and has invited younger students to perform in Cow Bop. “While I love serious music, and I play just as much to challenge myself, I think jazz has to be more […]


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