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School of Music

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

Office Hours:

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. 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.

Ligon has presented several clinics and concerts at International Association for Jazz Education, American String Teachers Association, and South Carolina Music Educators conferences. 

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  is available for concerts and clinics.

Bert Ligon is available for jazz improvisation clinics and workshops.

The Jazz Trio 2006 CD, featuring Ligon along with Renata Bratt on cello and Martin Norgaard on violin, is available.

[It is best to email Bert Ligon at rather than calling the number listed.]