Jaris Reed Group,
a 501 (c) 3 organization, was founded by Reed I. Hadley in 2011.



The Jaris Reed Group is dedicated to educating young people in the art of film-making and preserving American Culture through film Documentary workshops.



We impart this knowledge through celebrity profile interviews highlighting the lives of legendary icons in all areas of media arts. We teach young people the art of multi-media production through our Backstage Series.



Masters who are architects in their field of entertainment and business are the subjects of the Backstage live interviews.

The Backstage Series

The Backstage Series is the premier program from JARIS REED GROUP. The program is dedicated to supporting and promoting the creation of film, video and digital/ computer arts by bringing together young media-makers.



The objective is to educate young people who are interested in multi-media and digital arts in the creation of documentary style interviews. Participants in the 10 week program will receive resources and training, allowing them to capture living and future legends in the entertainment industry through “backstage” live-interview settings.


Training will offer the opportunity to use a variety of resources, including use of media equipment and editing techniques. Multi-media studios include radio, television and internet, which will provide the deepest educational impact. Students will learn the “backstage” workings of multi-media production teams– taking on the roles of producing, copywriting, editing, camera operation, script writing, hosting and conducting live interviews.

JRG Tribute to the Legendary Drummer and Bandleader Chico Hamilton

Chico Hamilton was an American jazz drummer and bandleader who came to prominence as sideman with the likes of Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie and Lena Horne. Hamilton then struck out as a bandleader, first with a quintet featuring the cello as a lead...

Wallace Roney Quintet Talked With JRG

Miles Davis hand-picked Wallace Roney to perform by his side at the Montreux Jazz Festival and on May 16, 2013, Wallace, along with Gary Bartz, Monty Alexander and others, performed the Miles Davis classic “If I Were a Bell.” The occasion was a dedication of Miles’ former brownstone into the NY Historical Preservation Landmark collection.

Historic Landmark Dedication

The beautiful brownstone at 312 W. 77, birthplace of “Bitches Brew" was once again brought alive with an “Essence of Miles” in the air. The Historic Landmarks Preservation Center headed by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel organized the dedication of the brownstone...

“Caribbean Jazz Shines Brighter”

Initially conceiving the idea some twenty years ago Barbados businessman/promoter Tom Hinds saw his vision of more than 20 years become a reality when he debuted the first of a series of Caribbean music festivals titled The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari this year in Barbados. His concept was to take a simple plan that worked for many years at his Naniki Amphitheater/Resort and expand it throughout the islands, Caribbean particularly those islands that have not hosted music festivals in the past.

Naniki Caribbean Jazz Festival

The purpose of the partnership of JRG and Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari is the educational phase of the tour. The Traveling Guitar Foundation which is providing both artistic advise to promoter Tom Hinds as well as conducting workshops for the youth if the islands...

Jazz Backstage in the Press

Sandra Bookman host of "Here and Now"  talks to T.S. Monk, Jr., Reed I. Hadley Founder of Jaris Reed Group and Ethen Reed. Teen Anchor of "Jazz:Backstage" which is a JRG project within the Film Documentary Workshop For Teens. http://youtu.be/zBB55G8ys8U   October...

Radio Interview with 13-year-old Film Documentary Student Ethen Reed on WHCR NYC

Jaris Reed Group founder Reed Hadley and film documentary student 13 year old Ethen Reed were featured "live" on-air on the "Garden of Tranquility and Contemplation" radio show with host Daa'iya Lomax of WHCR-FM (90.3) - (Harlem Comm. Radio) on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012...

Fundraising Campaign

The significance of the success from this campaign is simple: by providing an alternate skill set for students with a liberal arts mind, and nurturing the talents of our youth, we create the potential for uncovering our future film producers—the next Steven Spielberg...

Welcome to the Jaris Reed Group Website!

Hello, and welcome to the site for the Jaris Reed Group! This group is dedicated to the preservation of "Jazz, America's Classical Music". This is uniquely accomplished by utilizing documentaries produced by Jaris Productions then using them as instructional tools for...
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Board of Directors

Reed Ingram Hadley, CEO

As a former educator in the St.Louis Public School systen for 4 years and working in the TV/Radio industry as News Producer at KPLR “Newswatch Update” announcer, film editor KSD-TV (now KSDK), Account Exexutive at KMJM Majic 108FM, and Engineering/Technical Director for Warner/Amex Cabel Comm, Reed has combined over 35 years of experience into forming Jaris & Asscociates. Becoming a member of 100 in St. Louis in 1985 he now has joined the LA organization to complete this web of networks for his “Kids Media Workshops”.

Dr. William Hayling, Board Member

Dr. William Hayling, MD, Chief of Ambulatory Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Founding President of the New Jersey and Los Angeles Chapters of 100 Black Men.  He has been honored with a wax effigy located at: National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, 1601-03 E. North Ave. Baltimore, MD.  www.100bmla.org

Don Wolff, Board Member Emeritus

As a highly successful criminal defense attorney in St.Louis for over 50 years Don also worked tirelessly as a Radio host on a Jazz series heard over CBS. Radio.  He now hosts his show “I Love Jazz” which highlights many of the greats. Attorney At Law (Ret) Host of Philanthropist of Harris-Stowe State University. www.donwolff.com 

Ron Carter, Board Member

Ronald Carter is Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Program and director of the world-renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble. Carter has presented workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator at Michigan State University, Georgia State University, Western Illinois University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Northern Illinois University, Hampton University, Loyola University, Coe College, Augustana College, VanderCook College of Music, and Georgia State College.  He has performed these same duties at numerous high schools and at regional, national, and international conferences.  He has also directed all-state jazz bands in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Washington. Ron Carter spent over 18 years in the St. Louis metropolitan area as an educator. Ron Carter’s websiteNIU Jazz Ensemble website

Greg Carroll, Advisory Board Member

Since taking over as CEO of American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Greg Carroll has built the establishment’s Blue Room to a nationally known Jazz venue. When presented with the plans for JRG he realized the children in Kansas City could benefit from a workshop set up to promote the preservation of jazz. American Jazz Museum website

Rhonda Hamilton, WBGO Jazz FM Radio Personality | Advisory Board Member

One of Rhonda’s cherished childhood memories is waking up on Saturday mornings to the sounds of Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and other jazz greats as her father played his favorite records. By the time she was a teenager, she began amassing her own collection.

Rhonda left her native New York to attend Boston University’s College of Communication and also studied at the Actor’s Studio in Boston. When she began her career in radio as a jazz announcer/producer and later music director at WBUR-FM, Boston, she took every opportunity to immerse herself in the history of the music and hone her skills as an interviewer.

Returning to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in March 1979, Rhonda came to WBGO at the station’s inception and has played a key role in making Jazz 88.3FM one of the finest and most listened to jazz stations in the world. In 2001 Rhonda helped to inaugurate the jazz programming on Sirius Satellite Radio. Since 1980, she has had a regular presence on NPR as the voice of numerous nationally syndicated programs including JazzSet and NPR’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast, Toast of the Nation-Coast to Coast. She’s been honored by the Jazz Journalists Association and has received two consecutive New York Jazz Awards for Best Jazz DJ “in appreciation of a major contribution to the cultural life of our region.” Among other honors, Ms. Hamilton is also a recipient of The Ladies in Jazz Award from the Mayor of NYC and the Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Jazz is Rhonda’s first love, but her other passion is golf.

Rhonda took part in the Jaris Reed Group workshop for Teens in 2015 where two students from the program spent the day with her learning the ropes first hand from this Jazz Master of the airwaves. The news room and Engineering were other stops then at the end of the day Station Manager Amy Niles contributed as well.

Contact Us

Jaris Reed Group

331 Beach 41st Street
Queens, NY 11691
800.346.2492 Toll Free
516.288.2874 (NY)