Jazz Republic Entertainment Group, LLC is co-founded by world-renowned trumpeter Bijon Watson and critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Niles Thomas, with their recent album It’s A Crossover Thang up for a 2022 Grammy® Nomination for "Best Jazz Vocal Album", they have been bringing jazz to the forefront of the mainstream market – that place where jazz crosses over into multi-genres and has no borders.
For those with a low tolerance for what "jazz" is perceived to be, we've taken a genre-bending approach, or what we call "A Jazz Republic", eroding the boundaries between jazz and mainstream music, writing and performing original music in a vocabulary that combines elements of all.
"It's an easy pill to swallow", says Founders Bijon Watson and Niles Thomas. "We want to welcome everyone to our music table."
To this end, we present a unique blend of world-renowned artists including GRAMMY® Award-Winning and GRAMMY® Nominees whose original music and artistry embody what we call "The Art and Lifestyle of Jazz".
As one of the coolest and most influential presenters of the new jazz age, attracting an enthusiastic new-found audience, Jazz Republic Entertainment Group increases the awareness and participation in diverse musical experiences worldwide – bringing multiple productions including the popular Jazz Republic Concert Series (formerly known as The Jazz Eclectic Concert Series) at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, the B-SIDE Radio Show broadcasted on KUNV 91.5FM Jazz & More in Las Vegas, B-SIDE LIFE, and the all new production – La Vie En Rouge.
Co-Founder / Co-Producer / Artist
Bijon Watson’s career as a musician and educator spans more than 25 years and has taken him around the globe to perform for audiences worldwide and has recorded and performed with iconic artists, including Michael Bublé, the late Natalie Cole, Justin Timberlake, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Arturo Sandoval, Barbara Morrison to Alicia Keys… and the list goes on. On television, Bijon has performed on episodes of “American Idol”, “The Tonight Show”, “The Grammy Awards”, “BET Music Awards” and has made appearances in films, including “La La Land”, and has recorded on several soundtracks with studios such as Paramount Pictures, Fox and Disney, including “Despicable Me 2” and “The Secret Life of Pets”.
A dedicated educator, Bijon is an in-demand clinician that has given master classes and clinics to colleges, conservatories, secondary schools, high schools, and middle schools throughout the United States, and Europe, as well as maintaining a private lesson studio.
Co-Founder / Co-Producer / Artist
Niles Thomas is a critically-acclaimed artist, composer and producer previously signed under the EMI Music and Warner Bros Music umbrellas. As an artist, Thomas has toured the globe performing on stages worldwide and has had his original music licensed in film and television in Europe, Asia and America, including shows on HBO, NBC, TBS, Discovery Channel and Showtime, to name a few. As a music producer, Thomas has been credited on many records, co-producing and writing in various genres including jazz, pop, electronic, R&B to country, for independent and signed major artists in the mainstream market.
Niles Thomas' diverse music experiences as an artist, composer and producer have led him to sharing his knowledge of the music industry at universities in the U.S. and Europe.
Thomas Bridge is the current President of North America for Ebiquity plc, the global leader in media management & accountability. Prior to that, he was CEO of Media Management, Inc. for 27 years. Throughout his career in advertising, Thomas has worked with some of the largest U.S. media companies providing guidance, management & accountability.
Thomas began his involvement in jazz in the mid 1970s when he became a member of the New Orleans American Federation of Musicians (Local 174-496) while studying with the late, famed drummer Paul Ferrara. His lifelong love of jazz has inspired him to provide opportunities for young musicians to be mentored by A-List musicians.
Thomas & his wife Elizabeth reside in Las Vegas and over the past several years have brought in musicians such as Gregg Bissonette, Butch Miles, Gregg Field & Tommy Igoe to lead concerts and clinics for local musicians. Thomas also provided advisory support for the first annual Las Vegas Drum Show.
Alison Gross is the Founder and President of Daintree Advisory LLC. With more than twenty years experience helping leaders of major companies, she provides expertise on commercial opportunities related to events, reputation and brand positioning. Using thought leadership in the development and implementation of relationships, she guides strategic planning for marketing and revenue growth.
Radio Show Producer & Co-Host
For over five years, Sam Mann has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry as a producer, engineer, and live host. You may be most familiar with her work as a Las Vegas radio personality; however, she can also be credited for various contributions behind the scenes at the Billboard & Latin Billboard Music Awards, ACMs, Emmys, NHL Awards, TEDx, Insomniac & C3 Music Festivals, Condé Nast, and SiriusXM. Sam has been celebrated for her aptitudes within the Las Vegas community and affords her talents to shape the future of broadcasting as an honored board member of the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation.
After graduating from UNLV in 2020, she diversified into the world of sports media, accepting a reporting position with ESPN LV, and now continues her contractual work in television with NBC Sports, in addition to producing, engineering and co-hosting our B-SIDE Radio Show with The Jazz Republic.
Brandon Pierce is the Digital Marketing Director at Purdue Marion & Associates. Over the past decade, Brandon has been responsible for helping clients achieve successful growth in all facets of digital marketing, advertising, and social media management. Since joining the PMA team, he has led growth of the department to include a multitude of new services, including Pay Per Click advertising, Search Engine Optimization, geo-targeting, enhanced social engagement, web development and design, social media Influencer marketing, and Influencer representation services.
Brandon's creative and cost-effective strategies have achieved extraordinary results for agency clients and applies his skillsets to Jazz Republic Entertainment Group in all of their endeavors.