Jason Goldman

Chair, Jazz Studies

Associate professor of practice

Jason Goldman, known professionally as “Spicy G,” is a multi-platinum selling music producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. He is Chair of the Jazz Studies program at USC Thornton as well as the artistic director and founder of the nonprofit Young Musicians Project.

Goldman has produced, written, and arranged for some true heavyweights in the music industry, including producer David Foster, Herbie Hancock, Meghan Trainor and Bublé, among others. His arrangements have been featured on several of Bublé’s multi-platinum selling records, including his most recent 2018 album, LOVE. He co-produced Bublé’s GRAMMY-nominated and Juno-winning 2016 album, Nobody But Me. He also co-wrote songs on the album, including the lead single “Nobody But Me,” which features Bublé and Black Thought from The Roots.

As a performer, Jason Goldman has performed with the likes of producers JR Rotem and David Foster, as well as legendary artists Bublé, Queen Latifah, Wayne Newton, Chris Isaak, Michael Feinstein, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter.

Professional experience

Career Highlights:

  • Produced Michael Bublé’s GRAMMY-nominated and Juno-winning 2016 album Nobody But Me as well as cowriting the lead single “Nobody But Me”
  • Arrangements for big band and orchestra on multiple platinum-selling albums for Michael Bublé
  • Performances with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride and Bobby Watson
  • Arrangements for legendary multi GRAMMY-winning producer David Foster as well as Meghan Trainor

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • Nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Michael Bublé’s Nobody but Me
  • Winner of the 2017 Juno Award in the Adult Contemporary Album of the Year category for Michael Bublé’s Nobody but Me

Music Festivals:

Performances at:

  • North Sea Jazz Festival
  • Kennedy Center
  • Montreal Jazz Festival
  • Tri-C Jazz Festival
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


As producer/co-producer

  • 2016 – Nobody But Me – Michael Bublé
  • 2016 – Take You Away – Michael Bublé
  • 2018 – Love – Michael Bublé

As arranger

  • 2003 – Come Fly with Me – Michael Bublé
  • 2005 – Caught in the Act – Michael Bublé
  • 2006 – Let it Snow – Michael Bublé
  • 2016 – Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 – Tony Bennett
  • 2018 – Love – Michael Bublé

As leader

  • 2001 – The Definitive Standard
  • 2008 – Wave Street Sessions


  • That’s “A” Duck, winner of the 2005 ASCAP Young Composers Award
  • Catch Me If You Can, winner of the 2001 IAJE/ASCAP Commission honoring Dr. Billy Taylor
  • Smile, arranged for Michael Bublé’s Caught In The Act CD
  • Mack The Knife, arranged for Michael Bublé’s Come Fly With Me CD

Academic degrees

Other academic experience:

Advanced performance certificate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Studied with:

Terence Blanchard, Bobby Watson, Jim McNeely, Manny Albam