Jazz Studies


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-renowned faculty, the Jazz Studies department prepares young musicians for success in today’s ever-changing music industry. Alumni and recent graduates have assumed prominent roles in both jazz and popular music across the globe. The USC Thornton Jazz Studies department consistently ranks as one of the top jazz programs in the world in jazz periodicals.

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Alan Pasqua talks career and creative partnerships in San Diego Union Tribune

January 19, 2021

Alan Pasqua, a faculty member in the Jazz Studies program, was recently featured in a San Diego Union-Tribune article about his career, recent album release, and longtime creative partnership with fellow faculty member Peter Erskine. Within the piece, Pasqua speaks about his experiences over the years working with artists like… read more

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