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Jason Moran Brings San Antonio the Party, If Only They'd Dance

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

San Antonio just didn't dance. It's not as though they weren't feeling the music. It's not as though they didn't clap on beat and rise at every appropriate moment for an ovation at the end of the show and for the encore. It's not as though the show wasn't great, it was. Jason Moran seamlessly navigated between piano, Rhodes, and the art of just getting out of the way and dancing around the stage. It was truly a joyful night, literally and figuratively moving. But the folks at San Antonio's Jo Long Theater last Saturday night just didn't get up to dance for Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party.

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Robert Glasper and Jason Moran on WBGO

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Back in 2011, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper got together for a ridiculously good jam session with Alan Hampton, Mark Kelley, Chris Dave, and Eric Harland (!). Recently, this pair of pianists got back together to celebrate Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary with a piano duet concert.

Moran and Glasper recently got together with Josh Jackson from WBGO’s The Checkout to talk about the history of Blue Note Records, their styles on the piano, and of course to play a piano duet. You’ll definitely want to drop what you’re doing to listen to this. Check it out here.

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Jason Moran: Sticking Tricks and Striking Chords

Lucy McKeon
Contributing Writer
mckeon.lucy@gmail.com / @lucy_mckeon

Last spring at SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, Jason Moran and his Bandwagon (with guitarist Jeff Parker) played as Bay Area skateboarders rode a mid-sized half-pipe situated in front of the stage. The interactive jam session proved so popular that they’ll be doing it again this year. Recently in his studio, Moran took a break to talk about the process and aesthetic of the skateboarding collaboration, the conceptualization of what a jazz performance can be, and what he’s working on now.

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Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran's 'Bleed', Day 1 (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The aforementioned Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran exhibit, Bleed, had a run at New York's Whitney Museum. Here's some footage of the first day of the residency.

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Jason Moran Documentary Coming 'Round the Bend

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

2010 MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Jason Moran has been doing really interesting things in music and art for years, he's just getting more attention for it lately. Now a pair of filmmakers, Gregg Conde and Radiclani Clytus, have been capturing much of the work Moran has been endeavoring for a documentary about Moran's bridging the gap between the jazz of times past and the popular music of the present. The documentary, Grammar, is still in relatively early stages but judging from the look of this excerpt, it would look like Moran isn't spiraling out of control in some fantastical Synecdoche, New York-type fashion. This thing looks pretty great, certainly worthy of support that the pair's Kickstarter campaign is asking for. If you want to see more of than and you're able to give, you probably should.