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Dr. John Edward Hasse

Dr. John Edward Hasse
Executive Committee Chair Emeritus
National Museum of American History

M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1981), Indiana University Certificate in Business Administration, The Wharton School (1981) B.A., Carleton College (1971)

Research Specialties: 
  • Music in American culture, 1880s–present
  • History of jazz, ragtime, and American popular music
  • History of the U.S. recording industry and music business
  • Duke Ellington
  • Music of New Orleans and the Mississippi River
  • Children's songs
  • U.S. patriotic songs
  • Standard repertories

Current Projects:

  • Founder and director of international Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)
  • Project manager for and a jazz education project for middle-school students
  • Research on jazz controversies, on the standard repertory of jazz, and on Duke Ellington
  • Advisor to the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Past Projects:

  • Founder and former executive director, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
  • Founder and co-director of the former America's Jazz Heritage: A Partnership of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Smithsonian Institution, a ten-year, $7-million project of traveling exhibitions, educational programs, radio broadcasts, and oral histories (1993–2003)
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards (for excellence in writing about music), 1982 and 1986.
  • Grammy Award Nominations (Best Album Notes, Best Historical Album), 1989.
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Carleton College, 1996.
  • Certificates of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education, International Association for Jazz Education, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1994, 1991.
  • Named the William KcKinley Visiting Scholar by Mt. Union College, Malone College, and Walsh University, 2001.
  • Awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Walsh University, 2001.
  • Elected Secretary, International Association for Jazz Education, 2002–2004.
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Musicological Society
  • Association for Recorded Sound Collections
  • College Music Society
  • International Association for Jazz Education
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music
  • International Association of Jazz Record Collectors
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Society for American Music
  • Society for Ethnomusicology

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