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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.

Listen A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012

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


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

Read On Jazz Day, Jason Moran Makes The Case For Relevance

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


 "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.

Listen Jason Moran On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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


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Listen Jason Moran, Curator WBGO

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

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

Listen A Jazz Piano Christmas 2011

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


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

Read Gangsterism On The Potomac: Jason Moran And 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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Read Jason Moran On Piano Jazz

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


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.

Watch Jason Moran Takes Fats Waller Back To The Club

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


Read 50 Favorites: M-R

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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Watch What Were They Like In High School? Today's Jazz Stars As Teens

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

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Listen Jason Moran And The Bandwagon: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

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


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Read Jason Moran Named MacArthur Fellow

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

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Watch More Moran Motion Pictures Please

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

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Watch Jason Moran: Finding Sound, Then Making It His Own

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


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Listen Jason Moran's 'Ten': The Bandwagon In Its Diamond Year

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


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