Jason Moran and The Bandwagon; Monday, May 6, 2013
Jason Moran and The Bandwagon
Monday, May 6, 2013
“…shaping up to be the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” – Rolling Stone
A fateful discovery of Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” changed the path of thirteen year-old Houston pianist Jason Moran from a classical player, and took him on a detour through the wilds of jazz. After signing with Blue Note Records in the late nineties, Moran has released albums that have consistently become benchmarks for contemporary jazz players and fans alike. A recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, Moran continues to expand the boundaries of jazz expression. For the past 10 years, Moran and his trio The Bandwagon (Tarus Mateen on bass; Nasheet Waits – drums) has challenged the status quo and earned the reputation as the future of jazz.
In 1981, at the age of six, Moran began studying the piano, but longed to quit until he first heard the sounds of Monk, an experience that established an early role model in Moran’s creative development. He later moved to NYC and honed his education at New York’s Manhattan School of Music. Education still plays a central role in Moran’s life, as he is on the piano faculty at Manhattan School of Music and has been lecturer/instructor at Yale University, Dartmouth University, The Kennedy Center and The New School.
Strength as an educator aside, since his emergence as a recording artist in the late 90s, Moran has proven his brilliance as a performer. Moran’s debut recording as a leader, Soundtrack to Human Motion, was released in 1999 to great critical praise. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times named it the best album of the year and the Jazz Journalists Association awarded it “Best Debut Recording.” The following year, Facing Left, established The Bandwagon trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare the album “an instant classic.” Moran augmented the trio for his third Blue Note release, Black Stars, adding avant-garde icon Sam Rivers, who plays saxophone, flute and piano on the recording. Gary Giddins of the Village Voice exclaimed, “Black Stars is possibly a Blue Note [Records] benchmark, definitely one of 2000’s outstanding discs.”
In almost every category of note – improvisation, composition, concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation – Moran and The Bandwagon have pushed the envelope, while still creating music that appeals to a broad range of aesthetics. They are currently supporting the release of TEN, Moran’s 10th anniversary album with The Bandwagon. TEN was released in 2010 and features atmospheric, hypnotic post-bop, with blues inflections and subtle funk grooves. The trailblazing trio has proven to be one of the most enduring and creative piano trios in jazz today and TEN represents their most assured and focused album to date.
Jason Moran and The Bandwagon
DATE: Monday, May 6, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door; No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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