A SOUND future in the arts!

concertphoto9Welcome to the Pasadena City College Department of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. The site is full of information, pictures, events, music and media.

Feel free to roam around our site. Listen to sound bytes and visit our outstanding roster of facultyconcertphoto7 members. Don't forget to visit the link to PCC Bands, the place to find information on the Tournament of Roses Band, as well as other prestigious musical offerings at our school. Sign our "Contact" list and feel free to get in touch with us for any questions you have regarding our outstanding program.

Visit the Pasadena City College web site for a complete listing of our music classes. Just click the link at the bottom of the page.

You can also visit the PCC Jazz Facebook pages.

Catch this video of the Jazz Guitar Ensemble and Lancer Jazz Big Band on the "Media" page.

Important Announcements

PCC Jazz Day Saturday , March 7, 2015 Clinicians: Matt Harris, Steve Armour and Kyle Luck

This year's clinicians will be the great composer, arranger and jazz pianist Matt Harris, faculty members, trombone artist Steve Armour and director of bands Kyle Luck. To read more about our clinicicans head to the "Jazz Day" page.

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In Memorium: Ralph Penland

RalphIt is with great sadness that we lost one of our beloved teachers and a jazz legend this past year. Ralph Penland taught jazz drums for us starting in 2006. Ralph had a career most could only dream of, having toured and performed with some of the true icons in the music world including Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Hubert Laws and Joe Henderson, just to name a few. Thanks for the musical memories, Ralph. Rest In Peace, You are greatly missed.



What Gordon Goodwin Had To Say

I recently had the opportunity to spend several days working with the students in the jazz studies department at Pasadena City College and came away with a healthy respect for what I saw and heard. The students are inquisitive and enthusiastic and are thriving in the positive atmosphere that Andrea Baker Wilkerson has created. The program is well rounded and covers a wide range of jazz disciplines, from traditional to contemporary, with both small and large ensembles. I hope to get back to Pasadena City College again soon!

Gordon Goodwin,
Grammy Award winning composer and Jazz Educator


Congratulations to our 2014 graduates.

EmmaEmma Ho'o, jazz and classical voice, heading to Azusa Pacific University; RobertRobert Ullrich, trumpet, heading to CSUN; HankHank Mehren, jazz piano, heading to CSUN; JesseJesse Ajamian, jazz drums, heading to CSUN; MelissaMelissa Archer, trombone, heading to a career in the US Marine Band; WillieWillie Szeto, alto sax & piano, heading to Cal Poly Pomona; KyleKyle Jimenez, jazz tenor, heading to DePaul (Chicago); SarahSarah Perez, trumpet, heading to San Francisco State University

Alumnae News: Congratulations as they move ahead in their careers!

PCC alums Isaac Lopez (guitar/leader) and Alexis Soto Jr. (bass/guitar/vocals) are now full time professional musicians, touring the world with major cruise lines including Celebrity and Norwegian lines. Their band is Soulstiss, a Jazz/Soul/R & B Quartet. Currently they are touring the Mediterranean and Western Caribbean! Way to go guys! Check them out on Facebook: Soulstiss; Jerry Lieblich, trumpet, just graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Political Science and is still playing; Vanessa Martinez, jazz drums, just graduated from Berklee School of Music 2013 with a degree in Music Business and is now heading to Law School; Yesuel Park. jazz piano, just graduated from Berklee School of Music 2013; Lucas Dedmond, bass, (class of 2011) just graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music this spring with a BFA in Jazz Performance and is heading to Hunter College for his MFA in Music Education; Chris Rolontz, bass, (class of 2010) just received his Bachelors in Jazz Studies from USC; Michael Alvidrez, (class of 2008) bass just received his Bachelors in Jazz Studies from CSUN; Joel Zobrist, (class of 2010) jazz drums, just received his Bachelor's in Jazz Studies from Loyola in New Orleans; Lupe Ojeda, jazz and classical voice (class of 2010) just received her Bachelor's in Music from Cal State Fullerton; Alex Heflin, jazz mandolin, attended PCC, received his BA in Jazz Performance from UC Irvine just accepted to West Virginia University’s Graduate program for Jazz Pedagogy

Congratulations to our recent PCC Bobby Bradford Scholarship Winners

PCC Jazz Award Winner:



Andrea Baker Wilkerson,
Director of Jazz Studies

Andrea Baker


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