About PCC Jazz


trumpet playerPasadena City College offers a broad jazz and commercial music curriculum which includes multiple playing opportunities in our three full-size big bands, numerous combos, Latin jazz band and vocal jazz ensemble. We offer private instruction, three graduated courses in jazz improvisation, jazz and pop theory, composition and arranging, MIDI, multi-media, the Equal Interval System, Jazz and Rock history, African Studies and classes in Finale music software, as well as a host of related courses.

PCC Jazz Faculty

Our large and diverse faculty bring with them not only top educational backgrounds but rich professional experience as well.

Bass instructor Rick Shaw working with the jazz ensemble.Rick Shaw

PCC Jazz Performances

Each semester students participate in a busy roster of performances both on and off campus, record a major CD, and are involved in jazz festivals and performances at top venues throughout the city and state.

trombone player

PCC Music Department Ensembles and Courses

PCC's diversified music studies program includes five choirs, marching band and wind ensemble, an orchestra, opera workshop and music education classes. We offer courses in conducting, and piano accompanying as well.

PCC Music Department Graduates and Transfer Students

Music students from PCC boast of an excellent transfer rate to major universities and music conservatories. Our graduates are routinely awarded top scholarships after their tenure at PCC.

If you are looking for a sound education in music whether it be jazz, commercial or classical music, you will find no finer opportunities than those offered at Pasadena City College.

PCC Jazz In Concert

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