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Concerts

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon perform in the KC Jazz Club.

April 17, 2014 The pianist's Bandwagon trio offers a unique take on Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose" and more.

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Jason Moran (left), Alicia Hall Moran (center), The Bandwagon and Bill Frisell (right) perform at the KC Jazz Club.

February 6, 2014 The composer and pianist ushers in his era as Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

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Geri Allen watches as Taylor Eigsti, Jason Moran and Ellis Marsalis, from left, perform in a round robin at A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012.

December 14, 2012 Jason Moran, Taylor Eigsti, Geri Allen and Ellis Marsalis perform in NPR Music's annual tradition.

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L-R: Alfredo Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Barry Harris, Jason Moran.

December 16, 2011 Once a year, NPR Music celebrates the holidays with some of the most celebrated pianists in jazz.

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October 6, 2010 Hear the recent MacArthur Genius Grant winner deconstruct standards at the legendary venue.

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Jenny Scheinman

October 29, 2008 The violinist and composer has developed an earthy blend where Americana meets adventurous jazz.

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October 17, 2008 Her birthday concert continues with more one-of-a-kind performances, featuring Wynton Marsalis.

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Studio Sessions

 "Jaki [Byard] gives me an avenue to travel if I want to go into Earl Hines territory. When I play a Jaki piece, it's not only in honor of Jaki, but it's in honor of the people then who also gave it to him," Jason Moran says of his mentor.

March 30, 2012 Hear the talked-about pianist and composer perform a broad set of 21st-century jazz piano tunes.

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July 29, 2011 The young pianist joins host Marian McPartland for a duet of "Bemsha Swing" in a 2001 session.

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July 10, 2010 Video: Jason Moran and the Bandwagon perform "RFK In The Land Of Apartheid" in NPR's Studio 4A.

Interviews & Profiles

Jazz pianist Jason Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.

April 30, 2012 In the U.S., the audience is aging, and the music has struggled to connect with younger generations.

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Fats Waller's stride piano style was in demand at rent parties and millionaires' mansions. Somehow, he pulled everyone in and got them to dance.

May 13, 2011 Moran's new project transforms Waller's rollicking stride-piano style into contemporary dance music.

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October 21, 2010 What were Robert Glasper, Eric Harland and Jason Moran like as teenagers? Their band director knows.

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July 10, 2010 The young pianist is as comfortable sampling as he is studying jazz. Watch him perform at NPR.

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October 15, 2008 Jazz pianist Jason Moran talks about one of his biggest musical influences: Thelonious Monk.

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June 27, 2005 Hear a profile of Jason Moran, the Jazz Journalist Association's 2005 Pianist of the Year.

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Discover Songs

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

June 13, 2010 Hear Ten, the new album by an astounding young pianist who thinks way beyond jazz.

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November 13, 2009 The decade's 50 most important recordings continues, from Norah Jones to Jason Moran.

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July 31, 2006 Pianist Jason Moran uses pre-recorded dialogue as a guide for etching a melodic statement.

January 12, 2005 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Mikel Jollett, Tom Moon and Meredit...

December 21, 2003 It certainly is the age of the song. The days of the MP3 aren't so different from the days of th...

News

Mr. Moran of K.C.: Jason Moran, the new artistic advisor for jazz at the Kennedy Center.

November 30, 2011 Seven reasons why the arts institution was wise to hire the jazz pianist and composer.

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September 28, 2010 The pianist, often inspired by sources outside jazz, is fluent in styles both pre- and post-modern.

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July 2, 2010 Sometimes jazz this intricate makes your brain hurt. On Ten, even the complicated stuff feels good.

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June 22, 2010 After 10 years with his trio, Moran demonstrates the growth of both jazz and his own music.

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July 31, 2006 Pianist Jason Moran uses pre-recorded dialogue as a guide for etching a melodic statement.

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May 5, 2005 A discussion with saxophonist Frank Foster and others on the struggles of making a living in jazz.

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December 16, 2011 The pianist and artistic advisor for jazz at the Kennedy Center reveals clues behind his thinking.

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December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Janelle Monae and more artists from M to R.

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November 17, 2009 Giddins picks five songs from his list of 101 jazz recordings for new and aspiring fans.

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September 14, 2009 See how the visual aesthetic of Blue Note carries almost as much artistic cachet as the music.

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Same Mother

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Modernistic

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The Bandwagon

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Twilight World

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  • Album: Twilight World
  • Artist: Marian McPartland
  • Label: Concord
  • Released: 2008
 

Heartland

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  • Artist: Owen Pallett
  • Label: Domino
  • Released: 2010
 

All Sides Now

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  • Artist: Pat Martino
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released: 1996
 

Grand Encounter

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  • Artist: Dianne Reeves
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  • Released: 1996
 

Time Lines

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  • Artist: Andrew Hill
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  • Released: 2007
 

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Trio Fascination - Edition One

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  • Album: Trio Fascination - Edition One
  • Artist: Joe Lovano
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