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-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 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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    Alum John Storie records with Jeff Goldblum jazz orchestra

    October 9, 2018

    Guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus John Storie (BM ’06, Studio Guitar) is featured on the forthcoming album, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, which will be released November 9th. The 14-track album by the well-known actor and part-time jazz pianist Goldblum, includes appearances by Haley Reinhart, Till Bronner, Imelda… read more

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