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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Roy McCurdy

New archival recording released featuring Roy McCurdy in legendary quintet

July 15, 2020

A new album of live concert recordings from the 1960s by saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and his quintet, featuring Jazz Studies faculty member Roy McCurdy on drums, was digitized and released for the first time. Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967) was released by Cellar Music Group imprint Reel… read more

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