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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  • Jazz Night featuring CreSCendo

    The CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

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    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… read more

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