ABOUT US

 

The JAZZ LEADERSHIP PROJECT Team 

We are a husband and wife team deeply involved in the arts and business for several decades. Through our company, G&J Productions, we have curated and executed events throughout NYC and neighboring areas. Specializing in jazz productions, we have presented 
celebrated artists such as Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Jon Hendricks, Aaron Diehl, Lew Tabackin, Christian McBride, and several members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

 

We were inspired to form the Jazz Leadership Project after being called to facilitate Jazz at Lincoln Center's Syncopated Leadership Program.  As avid advocates for the power of music to inspire and engage, we saw an opportunity to use America's fine art of jazz to give individuals and companies an innovative model grounded in jazz methodology to develop leaders , bolster team synergy, and enhance inclusion.

JLP leverages talent mapping, jazz music, and online content to: enhance personal creativity and communications skills, strengthen leadership capacity; and elevate group collaboration via experiential learning. Jazz is inherently a diversity and inclusion tool, demonstrating how different perspectives can improve groups. Jazz models how to manage change in internal and external environments. Leadership development through seminars and workshops is fun, energetic, allowing participants to embody practical lessons in a low-stakes, playful environment. 

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Jewel Kinch-Thomas is COO and Co-Facilitator of the Jazz Leadership Project. She is Co-Founder of G&J Productions, an arts culture event planning and productions firm. The former Artistic and Executive Director of the historic Theatre of The Riverside Church, Jewel founded and produced several annual programs including: dance, film and family arts festivals; galas and special events, featuring luminaries such as Phylicia Rashad and Max Roach, and Ruby Dee. More recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Writer's Center. Jewel has participated in New York Foundation for the Arts Leadership Circles, Columbia University’s Arts Leadership Institute, and the Women & Power: Leadership for the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Greg Thomas, CEO and Lead Facilitator of the Jazz Leadership Project, is a writer, editor, public speaker and events consultant. The Co-Founder of G&J Productions, Greg has been instrumental in developing programs such as the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s flagship interview series, Harlem Speaks. He has written about culture, race, and democratic life and values in publications ranging from the Village Voice, New Republic, Salon, UPTOWN, The Root, the Guardian Observer, and the New York Daily News—as jazz columnist. Greg has lectured on American cultural history and jazz at Columbia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hamilton College and Harvard. 

OUR VISION 


Transform Leadership Development and Maximize Team Collaboration Worldwide

For a free consultation, call us at 855.963.9773