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Tuesday June 17, 2014

From PBS

Jason Moran strikes up the band — and a conversation — to enthrall new jazz listeners

Jason Moran, one of today’s best-known younger jazz musicians, is a true believer that his art form can transport and transform an audience. Newly named the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the musician now has a public platform to share his passion. Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviews Moran about his work to bring the jazz experience to more people.

GWEN IFILL: Finally tonight: a major voice in and for jazz.

JEFFREY BROWN: Pianist and composer Jason Moran is one of today’s best-known younger jazz musicians. Performing solo and with his trio around the world, he’s a true believer that his art form can transport and transform an audience.

JASON MORAN, Artistic Director for Jazz, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Well, there’s a power that kind of starts to stir in the body. The molecules start to, start to want to jump around. It has a possibility to change how the body feels, how the mind feels.

And that is something that you can’t quantify. And then, when the music hits the audience, and when it hits the space, the air, it has the possibility to change everything in that person’s being.

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