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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.

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Important Announcements

2014 Jazz Day Clinicians will be Ira Nepus: ensembles and Mary Durst: combos

ira nepusIra gives equal importance to all styles of jazz, from traditional on up through contemporary. He currently performs with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, of which he has been an original member for over twenty five years, privately teaches, and performs in all major recording studios throughout the Los Angeles area. Read more about Ira Nepus.......







Mary DurstMary Durst began her professional career at the age of 16 and has performed in a wide variety of venues including everything from The Playboy Jazz Festival in Central park to opening for Earth Wind and Fire in Las Vegas. In addition to her busy professional schedule, Mary has been teaching for 30 years and has been at Pasadena City College since 2006. Mary teaches studio jazz voice and combo.

Read more about Mary Durst.....







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 2013 graduates.

Rebecca Thomas, jazz and classical voice, headed to CSU Long Beach; Alex Pac, jazz bass, heading to the University of North Texas in Denton,Texas; Chris Salgado, jazz drums, heading to the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas; Jon Alvarez, jazz bass heading to UCLA; Austin Drake, jazz trumpet, heading toCal State Northridge; John Stone, trombone, heading to Cal State Long Beach; Melissa Fuentes, percussion heading to Cal State Fullerton

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

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

Congratulations to our recent PCC Bobby Bradford Scholarship Winners

PCC Jazz Award Winner:

Garrett Fallis


Andrea Baker Wilkerson,
Director of Jazz Studies

Andrea Baker


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