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The Jazz Studies faculty are passionately committed to providing all the knowledge, skill, and performing experience necessary for the student to successfully enter the world of professional jazz opportunities in the Southland and beyond, whether as performers, recording artists, or educators. Each member of the faculty is a practicing professional who is highly qualified to prepare students for a successful career.

In addition to the professional jazz faculty, the Jazz Studies program achieves a notable synergy with the prestigious Luckman Jazz Orchestra. Cal State LA's jazz studies students will have opportunities to interact in small master classes with the 17 stellar members of this orchestra, one of the countries finest musical organizations. The Orchestra's Benny Maupin recently gave jazz students a very informative master class. In addition, past master classes have also involved such notable jazz musicians as saxophonist Jeff Clayton (of the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), who showed students how the "greats became great."


Jose Arellano, Trombone, Arranging

David Askren, Guitar, Jazz Combos

Victor Barrientos, Drumset

Steven Clothier, Jazz Combos

Paul De Castro, Piano

Geoff Dunbar, Drumset

Tim Emmons, Bass

James Ford, Jazz Area Coordinator, Trumpet

Gary Fukushima, Piano, Jazz Harmony

Peter Hata, Jazz History, Jazz Combos

Cathy Segal-Garcia, Vocals, Jazz Combos

Walter Smith, Improvisation, Jazz Combos