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Jason Moran (Scott Suchman)

Jason Moran

Named the Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz on November 29, 2011, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. In almost every category that matters - improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation - Moran, and his group The Bandwagon - with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits - have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation as "the future of jazz." Frequently influenced by the wider world of art as his muse, Moran has found inspiration in edgy 20th century painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat (check out "JAMO Meets SAMO" from Soundtrack to Human Motion, as well as his ongoing series of "Gangsterism" compositions); Egon Schiele (whose painting "Facing Left" provided the eponymous title to Moran's second album); and Robert Rauschenberg, whose chaotic refinement inspired Moran's third album Black Stars, featuring the legendary Sam Rivers. Moran's most recent release, TEN, his 10th anniversary album with The Bandwagon, represents the trailblazing trio's most assured and focused album to date.

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Jazz - 2014-2015 Season Annoucement

Jason Moran presents the 2014-2015 Jazz season.

NSO In Your Neighborhood: U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle

The National Symphony Orchestra made U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle the focus of its free community engagement activities in January 2013.

In Conversation: Jason Moran

Music scholar and writer Willard Jenkins interviews Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Jason Moran, about his artistic journey.

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