The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra is one of the most prestigious college big bands in the country. Directed by legendary saxophonist and Yellowjackets member Bob Mintzer, TJO regularly features high-level original big band music and arrangements.
The band also features prominent guest musicians from across the musical spectrum. Past and recent guests include The Yellowjackets, NY voices, Knower, and even the current alumni group Thumpasaurus.
Bob Mintzer is an internationally celebrated jazz musician and longtime faculty member in the Jazz Studies program at USC Thornton.
The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra operates under the auspices of the Jazz Studies program, one of the first free-standing jazz studies departments in the nation.
The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra performs annually at USC.
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