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John Edward Hasse, Ph.D
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Curator of American Music, Smithsonian Institution; Acclaimed Author, Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington

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An award-winning author, pianist and record producer, Dr. John Edward Hasse is one of America's foremost music historians. He serves as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, where he founded the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Jazz Appreciation Month, now celebrated throughout the U.S. and 40 countries worldwide.

Dr. Hasse is the author of the critically-acclaimed biography Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington as well as the editor of a major illustrated history, Jazz: The First Century, which has been hailed as "a major contribution to the understanding of jazz." Lively, insightful and engaging, Hasse helps audiences understand the power music has to move and inspire us to greater heights.

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