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Thursday January 26, 2012

From The Ithaca Journal

‘Genius’ and jazz legend open Cornell Concert Series
By: Stephen Kimball

The first installment of the Cornell Concert Series’ 2012 season, which takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, will feature a rare meeting of gifted performers — a “genius” and a jazz legend.

Pianist Jason Moran is the genius, having been a recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, commonly called a “Genius Grant,” in 2010.

Bass player Dave Holland is the jazz legend.

Holland got his start playing with Miles Davis in the 1960s. A few years ago, Holland made an appearance at Cornell University; to read an interview with Holland from back then, visit www.waitingforsuperman blog.com and click on Interview Archive.

Saturday’s concert, to be held in Barnes Hall on the Cornell University campus, promises to be a very special evening of music, as it will be the first time Moran and Holland have performed together as a duo. This newspaper caught up with Moran recently while he was on tour.

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