A SOUND future in the arts!
Welcome 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 faculty 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.
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.
In Memorium: Ralph Penland
It 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!
Grammy Award winning composer and Jazz Educator
Congratulations to our 2014 graduates.
Alumnae News: Congratulations as they move ahead in their careers!
Congratulations to our recent PCC Bobby Bradford Scholarship Winners
- Erika Takagi, jazz guitar (First Prize Winner)
- Jazmin Romero, jazz vocalist (Second Prize Winner)
- Soo Hye Kim, jazz vocalist (Third Prize Winner)
PCC Jazz Award Winner:
- Congratulations to our 2014 Jazz Award Winner - Robert Ullrich- trumpeter extraordinaire.
Andrea Baker Wilkerson,
Director of Jazz Studies