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 at Carson Center.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: 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.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra performs music from “West Side Story”

    Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in an evening of music from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, arranged by students, alumni, and faculty.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: ALAJE

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton student jazz ensembles.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Duos: Voice & Guitar

    Students from the USC Thornton Vocal Jazz and Studio Guitar departments present a showcase of duo performances featuring singers and guitarists.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • 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: USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra & Peter Erskine

    Bob Mintzer leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in an evening of standards and original compositions featuring acclaimed faculty drummer Peter Erskine, Director of Drumset Studies at Thornton.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Holiday Concert

    Kick off the holiday season, as Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in an evening of holiday classics arranged by students, alumni, and faculty.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night: CreSCendo & ALAJE

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble, teams with the CreSCendo vocal jazz ensemble for an unforgettable evening of standards and contemporary jazz.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Reach Concert

    Young student jazz ensembles from the Los Angeles community perform as part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Programs, funded in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Reception at 6PM, followed by the concert at 7PM.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Daniel Weidlein to release new jazz album

    June 6, 2018

    Composer, saxophonist, and producer Daniel Weidlein (BM ’12), a USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus, will release his debut album, Fire in the Sky, on June 22nd. A preview single, The Red Line Suite, is now available for purchase. Weidlein will present a special album release concert at the Blue Whale… read more

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