From FastCompany: The controlled chaos of the social web sounds a lot like jazz. That means it's time to reinvent the standards.
With the help of new technology, Jeff Hellmer, director of jazz studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will share the stage with the legendary George Gershwin for an innovative live music performance. A Yamaha Disklavier PRO piano will re-create a 1924 recording of Gershwin performing “Rhapsody in Blue.” Hellmer will lead the Dallas Wind Symphony in performing alongside Gershwin on the piano.
From TED: What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.
From Scientific American: Charles Limb, a hearing and ear surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studies jazz as a means of understanding what goes on "under the hood" when a musician is improvising. The Q&A in Scientific American's May issues queries Limb about the nature of his work. And this video expands on the insights in the interview through a seminar at Johns Hopkins, "Neural Mechanisms of Musical Improvisation," that Limb organized with jazz musicians Pat Metheny, Mike Pope and Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Given the unprecedented scope of changes that organizations face and the need for members at all levels to be able to think, plan, innovate, and process information, new models and metaphors are needed for organizing.
USA Today interviews Wynton Marsalis: Leading a company can be compared to organizing a jazz band. That’s because business leaders increasingly want to set free the creative juices of individuality while maintaining the discipline to make music, not noise
Using the lessons of a lifetime of jazz, which is a medium that exists and recreates itself continuously by innovation and creativity, Winton Marsalis made the following general observations of use to the business community.