Jason Moran

Jason Moran is a prolific jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and recording artist. He was recently named as a 2007 United States Artist Fellow and was honored as one of the “37 Under 36: America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences” by the Smithsonian. Moran was the youngest honoree of the New Work Commission by the San Francisco Jazz Festival. In 2000, Moran’s first album with his jazz trio The Bandwagon (with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) was declared “an instant classic” by JazzTimes Magazine. In 2002, Moran released his universally acclaimed solo piano disc Modernistic and the Cork Jazz Festival awarded Moran the 2002 Guinness Rising Star Award. 2003’s The Bandwagon, culled from the trio’s six-day stint at New York’s Village Vanguard, earned the team of Moran-Mateen-Waits a title as “the best new rhythm section in jazz” (The New York Times) and prompted Rolling Stone to proclaim Moran “the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” He collaborated with video/performance artist Joan Jonas on The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, performed at Dia Beacon. His 2005 composition for jazz sextet, RAIN, was commissioned by Jazz @ Lincoln Center. “Milestone: A Jazz Reality in 2 Acts” for jazz quartet and soprano was commissioned by The Walker Art Center in 2005. Moran has been a lecturer/instructor at Banff Center for The Arts, Denmark’s Vallekilde Jazz Camp, Skidmore, Manhattan School of Music, and The New School. Jason Moran created the score for Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Refraction (2009), and The Bandwagon performed live with the Company at Duke University’s Reynolds Theater as well as at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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