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Faculty and Staff

Bert Ligon

Title: Professor of Jazz / Director of Jazz Studies
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-6565

School of Music Room 122

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USC Jazz Studies



Bert Ligon is director of jazz studies at the University of South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music in jazz piano performance and arranging from the University of North Texas. He toured with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra and has performed with Chris Potter, Red Rodney, Randy Brecker, Marion McPartland, Mel Torme, Dianne Schuur, Dianne Reeves, Johnny Frigo and others. Ligon has published three books, “Jazz Theory Resources Vol. 1 & 2,” “Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony,” and “Comprehensive Technique for the Jazz Musician.” Mr. Ligon has published several original compositions and arrangements for big band, jazz orchestra and steel drum ensembles. He composed extensively in the Radio, TV and film industries, receiving many awards including national PBS awards and an EMMY nomination. Mr. Ligon has been president of the South Carolina International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and chair of the jazz committee of the South Carolina Band Directors Association.

Ligon has presented several clinics and concerts at International Association for Jazz Education, American String Teachers Association, and South Carolina Music Educators conferences. He has taught jazz improvisation, guitar, piano, conducted jazz string orchestras at Suzuki Institute and the Mark O'Connor Fiddle conferences, and Christian Howes' Creative Strings Workshop.

At USC, Mr. Ligon coordinates the jazz combos and big bands, jazz strings, teaches jazz theory, jazz improvisation, arranging and applied jazz lessons. He plays piano, guitar and third base.

The Bert Ligon Trio with Craig Butterfield is available for concerts and clinics.

Bert Ligon is available for jazz improvisation clinics and workshops for jazz string ensembles.
The Jazz Trio 2006 CD, featuring Ligon along with Renata Bratt on cello and Martin Norgaard on violin, is now available.