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.

more

Spotlights

event calendar

Upcoming events

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Ground Zero Performance Café.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Jazz Night featuring the 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.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • 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 Duos: Voice & Guitar

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

    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.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Jazz Night featuring the Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in their popular Video Game Concert, featuring original musical arrangements from some of the most well-known and loved video games.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Ella

    Bob Mintzer leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a celebration honoring Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Jazz Night featuring the 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.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • New Jazz Showcase

    The Division of Contemporary Music presents an evening showcasing the new jazz sound evolving at USC Thornton, featuring original tunes written, arranged, and performed by students.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • 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 Non-Major Combos

    Students enrolled in Thornton's elective courses or earning Minors in Jazz Studies present an evening of contemporary jazz as part of an ongoing series.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Jazz Night featuring CreSCendo

    The CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)


  • more videos

    Videos


    news archive

    News

    Alan Pasqua featured in Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture

    June 8, 2017

    Jazz pianist and USC Thornton faculty member Alan Pasqua recently received an extraordinary request – to contribute improvisational background music for Bob Dylan’s 2016 Nobel Prize lecture, which was released as a video this week. Pasqua, who played in Dylan’s band in the 1970’s, had just one day to record… read more

    more news

    all ensembles

    Ensembles

    all USC Thornton faculty

    Faculty