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The most provocative thinker in current jazz.
Moran is like no other pianist at work. . . . His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand.
Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran hails from Houston, Texas. He has produced 15 albums and created scores for Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th and the staged version of author Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me. History is a recurring theme in Moran’s music; he has also mounted monumental touring works honoring Thelonious Monk (In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959), Fats Waller (Fats Waller Dance Party, plus the Grammy-nominated album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller) and James Reese Europe (James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin).
In 2018, Moran’s first solo museum exhibition opened at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; it later traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in September 2019. Moran is currently the Kennedy Center’s artistic director for jazz; he also teaches at the New England Conservatory and Jazz Ahead and curates the Artists Studio series for Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
During his performance at the MIM Music Theater, Moran will play MIM’s newly acquired “Pannonica Piano.” Owned by Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a noted jazz patron in the 1950s, the Steinway piano is most closely associated with modern jazz great Thelonious Monk, who selected this piano new in the Steinway showroom and later performed and composed on it. The audience can witness Moran’s artistry and expertise on this piece of history in this exclusive performance.
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