Rhythms and Revolution: Race, Gender, and Jazz—Terri Lyne Carrington, säje, and Patrice Rushen in Concert

Thursday, December 2 at 7:00pm

Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Rhythms and Revolution: Race, Gender, and Jazz
Terri Lyne Carrington, säje, and Patrice Rushen in Concert

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the link below.


All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of this event. Verification must be provided at the event check-in. Face masks will be required for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Additionally, all guests must complete the Trojan Check health screening on the day of their visit to campus. Trojan Check verification must be presented at the event check-in.

In an extraordinary union, legendary drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, vocal supergroup säje (rhymes with “beige”), and award-winning pianist and USC Thornton professor Patrice Rushen will join artistic forces to perform original compositions, contemporary covers, and jazz standards while challenging barriers in the jazz industry and advocating for change in society. Following the concert, they will discuss their experiences and efforts as women and BIPOC artists in jazz with USC professor Sean Holt. Bassist Anna Butterss and USC’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble CreSCendo will also perform.

Anna Butterss
is an upright and electric bassist. She frequently performs with Jeff Parker, Jenny Lewis, and Madison Cunningham, and has also performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes, Makaya McCraven, Walter Smith III, Chris Speed, and Larry Goldings. Anna lives in Los Angeles.

Terri Lyne Carrington is a three-time GRAMMY® Award–winning musician, producer, educator, and activist. She has performed on over 100 recordings and has worked with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding. In 2019, Carrington was granted the Doris Duke Artist Award for her contributions to jazz. Her latest work, Waiting Game (with Social Science), was nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY® for best jazz instrumental album.

Lanita Jacobs is an associate professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC whose topics of study include African American women’s hair care, African American children coping with acquired or traumatic brain injuries, and African American standup comedy. Books by Jacobs include From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women’s Hair Care and To Be Real: African American Standup Comedy, from 9/11 to Obama.

Patrice Rushen is an award-winning musician, composer, and Chair of Popular Music at the USC Thornton School of Music. Considered one of the world’s top jazz pianists, she has collaborated with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Sheena Easton, Carlos Santana, and Freddie Hubbard. Rushen also spends time with organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underserved youth.

säje is a GRAMMY®-nominated vocal supergroup featuring Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, Johnaye Kendrick, and Erin Bentlage. Born out of close friendship and incredibly deep admiration, the renowned artists, composers, and arrangers have come together to explore, create, and celebrate music rooted in joy, curiosity, lush harmony, heartfelt expression, and profound sisterhood.

The USC CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble is the university’s home for vocal jazz, popular song, and a cappella group performance. Performing on mic and with a full rhythm section, the ensemble presents material from the American songbook as well as works from contemporary composers and arrangers.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Sara Gazarek (Music).

Photo (Patrice Rushen): “Cowboy” Ben Alman
Photo (Terri Lyne Carrington): Erik Jacobs
Photo (säje): Lauren Desberg 

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Arts, Music


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Neighbors


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