Events for Jazz Studies

Jazz Forum with Peter Erksine

Legendary drummer and USC Thornton faculty member Peter Erksine leads students in a Jazz forum. Please note: this event has moved to Carson Center.

Jazz Night featuring Vocal Jazz and Studio Guitar Duos

Duos from Thornton's jazz and studio guitar programs team up to showcase contemporary jazz works.

Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and Vince Mendoza with guest vocalist Luciana Souza

The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, led by guest conductor and Thornton faculty member Vince Mendoza, present an evening of standards and original compositions featuring guest vocalist Luciana Souza.

Jazz Night

Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works.

Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton jazz ensembles.

Jazz Night featuring the 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.

Jazz Night: USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra headlines an evening of contemporary jazz featuring main title themes from famous cartoons.

Shanghai Jazz: A Culture Mix

USC Thornton School of Music professor Ron McCurdy celebrates the 1935 collaboration of celebrated Chinese musician Li Jinhui and jazz musician Buck Clayton with a unique blend of American jazz and Chinese traditional music. In 1935, Los Angeles–based musician Buck Clayton formed a jazz band called Harlem Gentlemen to perform in Shanghai. Li Jinhui, who is considered the father of Chinese popular music, had been performing in the “Paris of the East” for years when Clayton and his colleagues arrived. Clayton and Li eventually worked together to form a new and unique blend of American jazz and Chinese traditional music. This boundary-breaking performance will celebrate Li Jinhui and Buck Clayton’s collaboration. USC Thornton professor Ron McCurdy and alum Gary Shields have reimagined and orchestrated three suites of Li Jinhui’s folk songs. Blending three cultures—Western art music (classical), American jazz, and traditional Chinese music—the concert will feature the Ron McCurdy Quintet, Feng Bian on piano, and Min Xiao Fen on pipa, a traditional Chinese string instrument. The performance will also include historical video footage reflecting the artists, iconic buildings, and culture of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

Jazz Night

Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works.

Jazz Night featuring ALAJE and CreSCendo

ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, and CreSCendo, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble led by Sara Gazarek, headline this ongoing series of contemporary jazz.

JazzReach 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.