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John Edward Hasse, Ph.D.  

Music Historian, Pianist, Award-Winning Author & Record Producer

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.

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.

Speech Topics

Leadership Lessons from the Jazz Masters

Ragtime, Blues & Jazz: A Piano Concert with Commentary

Imagine a World Without Art: Why We Need the Arts More Than Ever

Collaborate Creatively to Make Beautiful Music Together

Why We Need the Arts More Than Ever

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