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Balancing Versatility and Virtuosity as a USC Music Student

Jazz guitarist Frank Potenza is a protégé of the great Joe Pass, and Chair of the Studio and Jazz Guitar Department at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In addition to his academic duties, he has also recorded seven solo albums, appeared as a sideman on numerous albums, and has appeared in concert with artists like Gene Harris, Joe Pass, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith and George Van Eps, among many others.

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Jazz guitarist and USC Thornton School of Music professor Frank Potenza discusses how he and his colleagues in the CalArts guitar department guide students to find a good balance between being a virtuoso in one style (e.g. jazz, country, flamenco) and being skilled in many.

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November 2007
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