Since Jason Moran emerged on the music scene in the late ’90s, the jazz pianist has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as an innovator of new directions for jazz. He’s challenged the status quo of improvisation, composition, group concept, and more.
Moran found influence in the wide world of art as inspiration. He found inspiration in 20th century painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Robert Rauschenberg.
His collaborations in the art sphere has amassed him additional fans and respect. His music is in the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, and others. He scored a ballet for Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, as well as scoring video works for contemporary artists Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker. He also collaborated with Grammy- nominated neo-soul artist Meshell Ndegeocello — a dance party centered on the music of Fats Waller — premiered in 2011, with an album release on Blue Note in 2014: All Rise: An Elegy for Fats Waller.
Moran is on the piano faculty at Manhattan School of Music and has been a lecturer/instructor at Yale University, Dartmouth University, Eastman School of Music and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Moran will play February 5th at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill presented by Carolina Performing Arts. Purchase tickets here: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/ros_perf_series/jason-moran-and-the-bandwagon/