Kennedy Center Announces Moran's 1st Season as Advisor

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Thursday March 08, 2012

From Capital Bop

Kennedy Center announces adventurous 2012-‘13 season, the first of Jason Moran’s tenure
By: Giovanni Russonello

From the Kennedy Center’s well-appointed vantage on the banks of the Potomac, jazz has never seemed so accommodating, so open-armed, as it does this week.

The center on Tuesday announced its 2012-‘13 jazz season, the first under the curation of Jason Moran, the institution’s new artistic advisor for jazz. The lineup is bursting with variety, including names as divergent as Mulgrew Miller, Anthony Braxton and Medeski, Martin & Wood.

The 36-year-old Moran, an award-winning pianist and composer, isn’t out to erase the music’s vaunted history from our present conversation. Note the long-shadowed presence of Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Heath Brothers and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band on the schedule. But there’s no doubt this season ‘” which begins in October and runs through the following June ‘” represents a fleet fast-forward for the center, long considered an artistically conservative institution.

If comparing this itinerary to the Kennedy Center’s previous season doesn’t drive the point home enough, maybe a look at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s upcoming schedule, also announced earlier this week, will throw things into high relief.

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