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  • Eldar Djangirov Master Class

    Master Class with Eldar Djangirov

  • Left Bank Big Band

    Swing Shift with Bryson Borgstedt

  • Carolina Alive

    Carolina Alive Jazz Vocal

  • Jazz Improv class

    Jazz Improv Class with Bert Ligon

  • Jazz strings

    Jazz Strings


There are many opportunities to perform in jazz ensembles at USC. Jazz ensemble participation is open to all USC students by audition, including nonmusic majors.

Do you want to be a better than average musician? Students who take the art form of jazz seriously have the opportunity to join one of our jazz ensembles.

Every semester the big bands and combos give a formal concert and several informal concerts, both on and off campus.

Each year the Left Bank Big Band and the Jazz Combo perform with a guest artist like such luminaries as: Louie Bellson, Steve Houghton, Marion McPartland, Bob Shephard, Steve Kujala, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Bill Holman, Jim McNeely, Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Dick Oates, Dave Zoller, Ed Soph, Marcus Roberts Trio, The USC Army Blues Band, Mark O'Connor and Hot Swing, and The Andy LaVerne Trio. Bert Ligon is director of Jazz Studies.

Students participating in jazz ensembles are expected to know the music well enough to play from memory, attend all rehearsals and performances on time and prepared to play your best, and have instruments in working order.

If you need to miss a rehearsal you must send a sub who plays as well or better than you. Problem attendance will result in a lower semester grade.

Interested in participating in a Jazz ensemble?

Email Bert Ligon or call 803-777-6565 to schedule auditions, held in the fall and spring semesters.

Jazz Events

Carolina Alive Jazz Vocal Ensemble Performance

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: Free

SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble Concert

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Cost: $10–$50

USC Jazz Strings Ensemble

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: Free

2020 USC Band Clinic Concert: Left Bank Big Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Palmetto Pans

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: Free

USC Jazz Combos

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: Free

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