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Dealmaker Marches to the Beat of a Jazz Drummer

April 2014 - Volume XXXVI

Elgin Thompson

In late 2013, after coming home from a Jazz Foundation of America fundraiser hosted by former Time Warner Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons, Elgin Thompson decided to dig into his ever-increasing collection of rare, vintage and modern day Jazz albums for the perfect selection to end the day. From the assortment totaling over 2,000, he selected a treasured, out of print box set of the legendary drummer Max Roach. It was then that it occurred to him that his passion for Jazz has shaped his world view on the art and discipline of business creativity. Orchestrating amid the chaos of an M&A transaction is akin to the nimble, time-keeping role of a drummer - provide the framework for soloists and principals to explore and improvise, while maintaining the necessary pace and backbone to keep all players in harmony.

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