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INTERVIEW Jason Moran on Winning His MacArthur Genius Grant

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Friday October 01, 2010

From The Wall Street Journal

Musician Jason Moran on Winning His MacArthur Genius Grant
By Alexandra Cheney

Jason Moran moved to New York City when he was 18 years old to pursue his craft and dream of being a jazz pianist. Since then, the Houston-born musician has garnered admiration for his fusion of classical jazz rhythms with modern pop beats. He released his fourth album entitled Ten, with his band, The Bandwagon, in June.

On Tuesday, he was one of 23 people awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant, $500,000 that will be given to him over the next five years to pursue his passion. Speakeasy caught up with Moran to talk about his work, his reaction to winning and his plans for the money.

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