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Wednesday January 12, 2011

From The Houston Chronicle

Jazz Pianist Reunites HSPVA Graduates For NY Festival
By: Andrew Dansby

Despite young jazz phenom Jason Moran’s status as a MacArthur Fellow genius, he hasn’t forgotten his roots. Since he was bestowed with the honor last year, the pianist and HSPVA graduate returned to Houston for a free concert at Discovery Green last fall. And tonight and tomorrow he’s assembled a group of more than 20 Houston musicians who now call New York home for a mini festival he’s called 713 —> 212, which will take place at New York’s 92Y Tribeca.

“A lot of us, especially the younger guys and gals from (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts) routinely run into each other at somebody else’s gig, but it rarely happens that all of us are together at one place to play together,” Moran says.

“Many of us have listened to each other’s music but never played it before. So it should be an interesting thing creating something new from what we’ve already made.”

Each night will feature four performances by four different ensembles. The first will focus largely on songwriters, with a mix of pop, R&B and jazz from bands fronted by Josh Mease, Leron Thomas, Alan Hampton and Bryan Michael Cox. The second night will be more focused on jazz. 713 Generations (featuring some older players, including Michael Carvin, Tex Allen and Melvin Sparks), the five-piece Kendrick Scott Oracle, the six-piece ERIMAJ and a six-piece group led by Moran and pianist Robert Glasper play Saturday.

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