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Tuesday October 13, 2015

From NPR

Jason Moran Plays Thelonious Monk’s Town Hall Concert
By: Patrick Jarenwattananon

“Thelonious Monk is the most important musician, period,” Jason Moran says. He laughs out loud. “In all the world. Period!” Moran is in a dressing room deep within the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he’s the artistic director for jazz. He’s not really wearing that hat at the moment, though. He’s talking as a musician himself — and very personally, at that. “OK, in my world, he is the most important musician,” Moran says. He clarifies: Thelonious Monk was his chief inspiration as a 13-year-old in Houston; Monk was the musician who made him want to be a pianist. “I heard Thelonious Monk in that time when everything about me was transitioning, and it was the thing I could grab on to and focus on through my teenage years that pulled me through that time of wondering about everything that a teenager wonders about.”

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