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Wednesday July 06, 2011

From DownBeat

Jason Moran Wins DownBeat Critics Poll

Jason Moran scored a triple-crown victory in the 59th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll, winning honors for Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Pianist of the Year. The full results of this year’s poll will be published in the August issue of DownBeat, which hits newsstands right after the July 4 holiday.

The accolades are well-deserved for Moran, who celebrated the 10th anniversary of his group, The Bandwagon, by recording and releasing this year’s top album, Ten (Blue Note). He has also been out touring as a member of saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s quartet, hosting his down-home Fats Waller Dance Party at New York’s Harlem Stage Gatehouse and still finding time to drop into places like Chicago’s Green Mill to play a gig with the likes of saxophonist Ken Vandermark.

“I always tell people that I have a fairy-tail career,” Moran said in DownBeat’s cover story for August. “From the beginning, things began to come my way, and I was prepared to take advantage of them in every facet that I could. I did not want to leave stuff on the clothesline. I wanted to yank it all down. And that’s what I did.”

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