Two seemingly disparate worlds—the world of jazz and the business world— have so much in common. The elements that create a successful jazz quartet are the same components critical for sustaining a highly effective business team. Good jazz and high performance business teams depend on creativity, agility, empathy and flexibility.
The business lessons of jazz focus on high performance teamwork, multitasking, cross-functional awareness, innovation and responsiveness to change. Jazz translates seamlessly across cultures and serves as a social model that can be leveraged to teach business the skills of collaboration.
- Experiencing the business impact of jazz will deepen your human capital’s understanding of the integration of diverse skills and roles.
- The Jazz Impact Experience will stimulate your company to create and imagine new possibilities, through a live, interactive experience.
Jazz Impact is a fusion of insights and parallels drawn from the world of business illustrated through the experience of jazz. Through live music and interactive engagement, Jazz Impact delivers perspectives and techniques that will have an immediate effect on your people and your business.
Meet the members of Jazz Impact
Michael Gold (speaker and bassist) is the founder of Jazz Impact, where he develops and conducts arts based learning programs designed to build interpersonal skills essential to innovative organizations. Clients include The Mayo Clinic, Citigroup, IBM, Target, Siemens, McGraw- Hill, The Hay Group International, Cargill, Accenture, The United Nations and many others. Michael is a licensed facilitator of Appreciative Inquiry and holds a PhD in the philosophy of performance. He spent nearly two decades as a jazz bassist in New York performing with jazz legends such as Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Sheila Jordan, Jon Hendricks and Warne Marsh. He uses jazz and appreciative inquiry to teach leadership development and entrepreneurial design for the Kellogg School of Management, Bucknell University, The University of Minnesota School of Public Health, The MBA program at Loyola University, The Ivey School of Business, Chicago University School of Business, The University of Minnesota Law School, Andrews University and Vassar College where he started the first jazz program. Michael was The 2008 Paul D. Fleck Fellow at The Banff Centre for Leadership for his outstanding work in the field of Arts Based Learning for Business.
Kimberly Thompson (drums) has taught and performed in over 33 countries. As a member of Beyonce’s all female band in 2006, she performed at the BET Awards. She’s worked with jazz legends Kenny Barron, Anthony Jackson, Rufus Reid and Marian McPartland in addition to great contemporary jazz artists such as Wallace Roney, Mike Stern, Roy Hargrove and Jason Moran. Kimberly holds a degree in jazz performance and composition from the Manhattan School of Music.
Beth Tuttle (vocals) is one of St Louis’ leading solo artists, accompanying her amazing scope of genres and repertoire with solid, swinging piano. She has appeared as guest vocalist on recordings by jazz guitarist Dave Black and harmonica virtuoso Sandy Weltman. She regularly donates her time and talents to charitable benefits. Her annual Christmas Kiss concerts at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis to benefit Toys for Tots are a fixture on music-lovers’ holiday calendars. She is part of an amazing group of musicians at her church where she regularly leads worship and is currently finishing production of the second CD for the music ministry. She keeps a busy schedule of voice and piano students ages 6 to 60.
Dave Black (guitar) is the winner of 'Jazz Artist' category in the 2011 Riverfront Times Music Awards. He has worked in a wide range of musical genres including jazz, blues, rock, country, bluegrass and folk. He has worked with various notables including Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Bucky Pizzerelli, David Liebman, Fareed Haque, Little Anthony & The Imperials and The Drifters.
Christopher Braig (saxophone) is one of St Louis’s most dynamic saxophonists. He is an independent academic and music technology specialist and a ten-year member of the Webster University Jazz Faculty.
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