Jazz Studies

Overview

As one of the first free-standing jazz studies departments in the nation, the USC Thornton School was a pioneer in the development of an academic curriculum dedicated to the one true American musical art form. With a world-renown faculty, the Jazz Studies department prepares young musicians for success in the professional performance arena. Recent graduates have assumed prominent roles in jazz and popular music across the nation. The USC Thornton Jazz Studies department consistently ranks in the top three to four in the nation in major jazz periodicals.

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Upcoming events

  • Jazz Night: 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.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    As part of an ongoing series, Jason Goldman leads the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra in a concert of new original music by Jazz Studies alum Corbin Jones.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: ALAJE, the Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble performs Rican/Struction

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ray Barretto's Rican/Struction with a special performance of the classic album in its entirety.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from USC Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works in this ongoing concert series.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night: 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 USC Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works in this ongoing concert series.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra pays homage to jazz musician and composer Count Basie with an evening of the legend’s arrangements, as well as some original compositions.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Jason Goldman leads the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra in the annual Video Game Music concert, featuring arrangements of well-known video game music arranged by USC Thornton students and alumni.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from USC Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works in this ongoing concert series.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

  • Jazz Night: CreSCendo

    CreSCendo, the vocal jazz ensemble led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz.

    Carson Center (CTV)


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