Jazz Studies Program

Welcome to Cal State LA's Jazz Studies Website!

The Jazz Studies program at Cal State LA offers a
highly stimulating, challenging, and ultimately inspiring creative
environment designed to prepare students to become the successful jazz
performers, educators, and recording artists of tomorrow.

Cal State LA's Jazz Studies faculty invites you to
not only come and study the jazz tradition, but also, to bring your
unique musical, cultural, and ethnic background, whether it be
blues-based, Afro-Cuban, R&B, rock, Salsa, hip-hop, Brazilian, funk,
"world music" (e.g., African, Asian, or Indian), or of course, any of
the many jazz styles such as bebop, hard bop, Bossa Nova, or fusion. As
you immerse yourself in deep study of the jazz tradition and interact
with faculty and your fellow students, your creativity will flow
naturally and, as you incorporate your core identity into your music,
you will find your voice. And, to remain vital, "jazz" needs you to make
your unique contribution and help shape the future of this great

The Jazz Studies program at Cal State LA is an
ideal choice for the jazz student not only because of its excellent
faculty, strong commitment to student success, and wealth of additional
resources; California State University, Los Angeles is itself an
excellent urban university centrally located in the heart of vibrant,
multicultural Los Angeles. The Cal State LA Jazz Studies program is thus
ideally positioned to be the fertile training ground for the jazz
musicians of tomorrow.