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 the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra headlines an evening of contemporary jazz with their annual Video Game Concert, featuring original arrangements of famous video game themes. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of standards and original compositions.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton student jazz ensembles. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra featuring pianist Geoffrey Keezer

    Bob Mintzer leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in an evening of standards and original compositions with featured guest, composer and pianist Geoffrey Keezer. Geoffrey Keezer is a two-time GRAMMY nominee. Since performing with Art Blakey at age 18, Keezer has toured with Joshua Redman, Benny Golson, Ray Brown, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Joe Locke, Christian McBride, and more.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Jason Goldman leads the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra in an evening of standards and original compositions featuring special guest alumni from Thornton's jazz programs.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton 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. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • ALAJE: The Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble

    Led by Aaron Serfaty, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble (ALAJE) presents an evening of jazz standards reinvented with a focus on the rhythmic traditions of Brazil and Cuba.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night Featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

    The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, led by music director Bob Mintzer, presents an evening of standards and original compositions as part of an ongoing series of contemporary jazz. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)


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    From Monday, January 22nd to Friday the 26th, 2018, the USC community will come together for Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Week, presenting over 60 events, workshops, talks, and panels from “Understanding Allyship” to “Tips for Pronouncing Chinese Names.” USC Thornton faculty will take part in several events, including “And Still… read more

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