Jazz Impact

Developed by Michael Gold, Ph.D., Jazz Impact is a fusion of insights and parallels drawn from both the world of business and the world of jazz. In an environment where the only constant is change, the improvisational techniques of jazz go beyond metaphorical inspiration techniques that can have an immediate effect on your business.

Jazz improvisation and the corporate business model have more in common than most people realize. Jazz uses a system that enables collaborative improvisation to thrive–the very same skills that many corporations rely on for success. Innovative response to change is what business in the 21st century demands.

Jazz Impact extends the concept of the traditional motivational speaker from entertainment to breakthrough learning. The combination of provocative ideas and compelling live performance of a world class jazz ensemble creates a multifaceted product that provides several different products in one package. Since it has a flexible curriculum, it also works well in collaboration with other learning programs.

Jazz Impact has successfully worked with such companies as: Starbucks Coffee, General Mills, HB Fuller, Lucent Technologies, Cargill, Carlson Companies, Best Buy,Children’s Health Services, Benedictine Health Services, Fairview Health Services, Accenture, Management Centre Europe, Prudential/American Scandia, Georgia Pacific,Johnson and Johnson, Alex Lee, Thomson Corporation and IBM.

Michael Gold, the creator of Jazz Impact, spent 20 years as a freelance bassist and teacher of improvisation in New York City. He earned a Masters in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1981 where he studied with Miroslav Vitous, Jimmy Guiffre and Jaki Byard. He earned a Doctorate in Performance from New York University in 1995 and ran the jazz program at Vassar College from 1993 through 1996. In 1995, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to administer a program he designed to teach improvisation to professional orchestral musicians. Michael has performed with Lee Konitz, Hank Jones, Warne Marsh, Tal Farlow, Al Cohn, Larry Coryell and John Hendricks.