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Bert Ligon

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-6565

School of Music Room 310


USC Jazz Studies



Bert Ligon was the 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. 

COWBOY CHARLIE'S JOURNEY was Commissioned by The MIDWEST CLINIC in Celebration of the 2018 Conference.

At USC, Mr. Ligon coordinated 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.

Please visit for more about published music for string, guitar, big band, and steel drum ensembles.


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


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