Bringing jazz-pop to the forefront of the mainstream market – that place where jazz crosses over into multi-genres.
For those with a low tolerance for jazz, we've taken a genre-bending approach, or what we call "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 musical table."
Jé Entertainment brings us multiple productions including the popular Jazz Eclectic Concert Series at The Smith Center, the VerV Music Festival at Springs Preserve Amphitheater, the B-SIDE Radio Show airing on KUNV 91.5FM, B-SIDE LIVE!, and the all new production – La Vie En Rouge.
Jé Entertainment is founded and co-produced by world-renowned trumpeter Bijon Watson and critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Niles Thomas.
As one of the coolest and most influential presenters of the new jazz age, attracting an enthusiastic new-found audience, Jé Entertainment increases the awareness and participation in diverse musical experiences worldwide.
To this end, we present an eclectic 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".
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.
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 with The Jazz Eclectic Radio Show.