Jason Moran

North America, Asia, Australia, South America

Pianist and composer Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. For more than a decade, Moran and his trio The Bandwagon have dazzled audiences at elite venues worldwide, including the Village Vanguard in New York, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival. A recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and winner in DownBeat ’s 2011 Critics Poll for Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, and winner in both 2011 and 2013 for Pianist of the Year, Moran is “a startlingly gifted pianist with a relentless thirst for experimentation” (The Los Angeles Times). In his recently conceived Fats Waller Dance Party, Moran presents a contemporary celebration of Waller, revisiting his legendary sound and deftly showing how Harlem stride piano resonates today. The rapturous performance played four consecutive sold-out nights at Harlem Stage for its 2011 world premiere. Jason released a recording of the music, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, on Blue Note on September 16, 2014.

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