What happens when a MacArthur Fellow and a two-time Grammy winner cross paths to perform a piano duo? You guessed it, earth-shattering artistry and mind-bending fireworks!! Check out Jason Moran and Robert Glasper perform a one hour set to celebrate Blue Note Records 75th anniversary. Filmed last November at the Blue Note Festival in Paris, the video, courtesy of Arte, expires May 20th, 2015.
It’s not often that two MacArthur geniuses get together, let alone to give a masterclass. Nonetheless, this is what happened last September at the New England Conservatory. Pianists extraordinaire Jason Moran, who teaches at NEC, and Vijay Iyer, now teaching at Harvard, teamed up to discuss their careers, music in general, answer questions from students and perform a few duos. Check out the video below the jump.
Pianist Jason Moran and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello have for the last few years been working on one of Moran's big ideas-- the changing of the performance aspect of jazz. In that endeavor, the two have been reworking the music of Fats Waller, itself already inherently lending itself to dance, and performing it as a dance party. The various shows Moran has put on have been uproariously fun affairs, and now he's bringing the whole shindig to your earlobes in his upcoming Blue Note release, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, out September 16th.
He just released the video and stream (with download available for purchase at iTunes. Check it out after the jump.
The ongoing work that is Radiclani Clytus and Gregg Conde's documentary on Jason Moran, Grammar, is steadily moving forward. Today, the pair just released a ten-minute clip from the film, a look at the collaboration between Moran and conceptual artist Theaster Gates as the pair work on the premiere of "Looks of a Lot" at Chicago's Symphony Orchestra Hall on May 30, 2014. Watch the video featuring The Bandwagon of Tarus Mateen & Nasheet Waits, Ken Vandermark, Katie Ernst, and the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band after the jump.