Events for Contemporary Music

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.

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.

Musician's Wellness: Practicing Presence Through Play

Rhythm facilitator John Fitzgerald leads a session exploring instruments and activities that help connect us to our sense of wellbeing, while being “in play” with one another. Fitzgerald's playful approach to mindfulness addresses the stresses of life and the need for a deeper sense of connection.

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.

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.

Midori Goto: Examining the Many Facets of a Job Interview

Violinist Midori Goto, who was recently named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, will explore the process of landing a job as a young musician.

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.

USC Thornton Americana Ensemble

Steve Trovato leads the Americana Ensemble in a celebration of many of the genre's most memorable songs, from The American Song Book, the Carter Sisters, Patsy Cline, Beyoncé, and the Dixie Chicks.

Popular Music: Latin Pop Showcase

Popular Music students perform in a variety of exciting Latin musical styles.

Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music students explore the foundations of their craft.

Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

Popular Music: Third-Year Showcase

Third-year Popular Music students present original music written, arranged, and performed under the direction of professors Patrice Rushen and Richard Smith