Acclaimed speaker, Smithsonian curator,
award-winning author.

Renowned Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian, frequent Wall Street Journal contributor, esteemed Duke Ellington biographer, Grammy-nominated producer and author, founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and an accomplished musician himself.

One of the most authoritative and entertaining speakers on American jazz, team creativity, and leadership, Hasse presents a program your audience will never forget. He plays the piano to demonstrate key points as he helps audiences understand the power of music to move and inspire us to greater heights.

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Entertaining, imaginative, and enlightening, Dr. Hasse’s presentations are designed to spur creativity, stimulate the imagination, and enlighten his audiences. He is available for lectures, keynote addresses, professional development, and seminars.

John Edward Hasse playing piano - St. Louis Blues
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One of the best presentations we’ve ever had.” The World Bank
One of the greatest responses I’ve heard from an audience. The Cleveland Clinic
Inspiring, educational and entertaining at the same time. Association of Government Accountants

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ESPERANZA SPALDING

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Producer, arranger, bandleader

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Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington, book by John Edward Hasse
Discover Jazz, book by John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop
Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, book and CD set by John Edward Hasse
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