Jason Moran: Broadcast Live At The Village Vanguard

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Tuesday October 05, 2010

From NPR

Observers of modern jazz have long known about the unique talents of composer and pianist Jason Moran. This fall, it’s come into sharp relief that at age 35, he’s already done an awful lot with them. Mostly with The Bandwagon, Moran’s trio of 10 years, he has developed a deep repertoire of originals and innovative arrangements. The Bandwagon is behind the new Ten, his eighth album as a leader in 11 years. And, oh, yes: He was just surprised with a MacArthur Genius Grant, an award of $500,000 paid out over five years.

Moran and The Bandwagon will continue their 10-year anniversary with a week at the Village Vanguard, a venue which has been important to their development. WBGO and NPR Music are teaming up to present a live broadcast, on air and online, starting at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Photos and an archived recording will be made available on this page afterward.

As a pianist, Moran is a distinctive stylist; he combines free improvisation, early jazz techniques and undercurrents of other contemporary music with more mainstream expressions. As a composer and arranger, Moran is an avid conceptualist, apt to deconstruct a jazz standard or assemble new tunes inspired by modern visual art or found sounds. Much of that development has come with The Bandwagon as his base; Tarus Mateen is an active, fluid electric bass player, while Nasheet Waits is a modern-day drum hero.

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