Ronald C. McCurdy, Ph.D.
Ronald C. McCurdy is professor of music in the Thornton School of
Music at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to his
appointment at USC he served as Director of the Thelonious Monk
Institute of Jazz at USC. He has served as Professor of Music and
chair of the Afro-African American Studies Department and served
as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota. In 1997, Dr. McCurdy
served as Visiting Professor at Maria-Sklodowska- Curie University
in Lublin, Poland. In 2001 Dr. McCurdy received the Distinguished
Alumni Award from the University of Kansas.
Dr. McCurdy served seven years as Director of Jazz Studies at the
University of Kansas. Under the direction of Dr. McCurdy, the University
of Kansas Jazz Program gained national and international prominence.
His instrumental and vocal ensembles performed at international
and national music conferences and festivals throughout the world.
Dr. McCurdy released his first CD in 2001 titled, Once Again
for the First Time on the INNOVA label and is co-author of a vocal jazz
improvisation series titled Approaching
the Standards, published by Warner Bros. Dr. McCurdy other book
is titled, Meet the Great Jazz Legends also published by Alfred
Publishing Co. He contributed chapters to two recent publications:
Teaching Music in Performance Through Jazz: Vol. I (Gia Publication)
and African Americans and Popular Culture (Edited by Todd
Boyd). He recently premiered the orchestral version of The Langston Hughes Project, Ask Your Mama: 12 Mood for Jazz
with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with rapper and television
actor, Ice-T. The multimedia presentation features jazz quartet,
spoken-word and images from the Harlem Renaissance.
Dr. McCurdy is in demand as a guest clinician, soloist, speaker,
director of honor Jazz Ensembles and Choirs throughout the United
States and Canada. He has directed All State Jazz Ensembles in New
York, Texas, Arizona, Vermont, Nebraska, Ohio, Nevada, Illinois,
Oklahoma, and Florida to name a few. Dr. McCurdy received his undergraduate
degree from Florida A & M University and his Masters and Ph.
D. degrees from the University of Kansas.
is a consultant to the Grammy Foundation educational programs including
serving as director of the National Grammy Vocal Jazz Ensemble and
Combo. He has served as a consultant for the Walt Disney All-American
Summer College Jazz Ensemble since 1990. Dr. McCurdy has worked
with many jazz artists including Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney,
Leslie Uggams, Dr. Billy Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard,
Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Ramsey Lewis, Mercer Ellington, Dr.
Billy Taylor, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton,
and Dianne Reeves. He has served as a member of the Jamey Aebersold
Jazz Camp faculty. Dr. McCurdy is a performing artist for the Yamaha
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