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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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Gretchen Parlato featured on cover of Jazzwise Magazine

April 15, 2021

The April 2021 issue of Jazzwise Magazine featured Thornton alumna and Grammy-nominated composer & vocalist Gretchen Parlato (GCRT ’03) as the cover story. The feature discusses the release of Parlato’s long-awaited and Brazilian-inspired new album, “Flor” on Edition Records. Parlato refers to the work as “a blossoming, an opening, an… read more

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