John Edward Hasse, Ph.D.

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.

ABOUT John Edward Hasse, Ph.D.   (+/-)

Enlightening Audiences to the Power of Music

Since 1984, Dr. John Edward Hasse has served as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.  During his tenure, he led the Institution's efforts to acquire the 200,000-page Duke Ellington archive, and curated the traveling exhibition Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington, which toured to 12 museums and 50 libraries. He also led the museum's initiative to acquire the archives of Ella Fitzgerald, and co-curated the exhibition Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song.

Celebrated Musician, Sought-After Scholar

An expert on 20th century American music, Dr. Hasse served as the principal advisor to the U.S. Postal Service on its stamp series Legends of American Music that began with Elvis Presley. He has earned two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in writing on music, and two Grammy Award nominations.  A talented educator and compelling speaker, Dr. Hasse shows audiences how the collaborative nature of jazz provides leaders of every stripe with fresh sources of inspiration, innovative ideas, and practical advice for fully engaging and reinvigorating their leadership.



Leadership Lessons from the Jazz Masters

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.