Contemporary Music

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Upcoming events

  • Jazz Night featuring the Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing showcase of contemporary jazz at Carson Center.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and Ricky Peterson

    The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra shines with special guest Ricky Peterson on organ and vocals. A longtime collaborator with artists such as Dave Sanborn and Prince, Peterson is currently touring with Fleetwood Mac.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Popular Music: Second Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra headlines an evening of contemporary jazz with a tribute to Nat King Cole's to celebrate the iconic musician's 100th birthday.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

    Popular Music faculty members Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen lead first-year Popular Music students in an exploration of the foundations of their craft.

    Tommy's Place (TCC)

  • Jazz Night featuring Vocal Jazz and Studio Guitar Duos

    Duos from Thornton's jazz and studio guitar programs team up to showcase contemporary jazz works.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and Vince Mendoza with guest vocalist Luciana Souza

    The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, led by music director Bob Mintzer, and guest vocalist Luciana Souza present an evening of standards and original compositions including new works for large jazz ensemble by faculty member Vince Mendoza.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton jazz ensembles.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night featuring the Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing showcase of contemporary jazz at Carson Center.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra headlines an evening of contemporary jazz featuring main title themes from famous cartoons.

    Carson Center (CTV)

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    Patrice Rushen

    Patrice Rushen featured in New York Times

    July 22, 2019

    “We’re living in Patrice Rushen’s world. We just might not know it yet.” That is how the New York Times summed up the 40-year career of Patrice Rushen in a feature on the chair of the USC Thornton Popular Music program. The article went on to explain that Rushen succeeded… read more

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