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John Edward Hasse, Ph.D

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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Despite the elusive nature of leadership–or perhaps because of it– experts have tried to discern the secrets to effective leadership by looking at everyone from Machiavelli to Martin Luther King. Well, what if the very secrets leaders have been looking for have been right beside their ears all along?

At first glance, jazz might seem an odd place to look. But jazz masters-such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Wynton Marsalis-have been among our nation’s most consistently daring, creative, and innovative professionals. They thought “outside the box” long before the catch phrase became popular among business professionals. They, and their peers, mastered the art of creative collaboration long before it became the buzz in corporate boardrooms.

In this lively and insightful presentation, Dr. Hasse distills the wisdom and triumphs of the jazz masters into twelve powerful lessons, including: Listen closely, Practice, Find your own sound, Find and nurture great talent, Dance with your audience, Take risks. . . improvise, Remain fresh. . .innovate, Collaborate creatively, and Jam.

Dr. Hasse strikes a relevant chord with Leadership Lessons of the Jazz Masters, delivering a fast-paced presentation that is at once intellectually engaging, emotionally resonant, and entertaining. Hasse punctuates this visually rich journey with well-chosen recorded examples, engaging slides, and live demonstrations at the piano.


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    Conyers Jazzed Up the Capitol

    (WSJ) – Jazz has lost a friend and champion. Within the arts community, longtime Rep. John Conyers, who died Sunday at 90, was regarded as one of the most persistent and influential advocates of this uniquely American music.

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    Taking Instruments to New Heights

    (WSJ) – The Allman Brothers Band’s eponymous debut album, released Nov. 4, 1969, rose to the level of classic art, pushing the boundaries of electric guitar, rock and improvisatory American music to establish the Allman Brothers as one of the foremost rock bands in history.

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