PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COUNTERCURRENT AND THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL CENTER FOR THE ARTS AS PART OF THE PERFORMING THE NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVE
Sun, April 17, 2016
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“Using the basketball court as our stage and having the music fill the park…of and for the community of Houston. ” – Jason Moran
2:00pm | Bandwagon Trio
3:00pm | DJ Cipher
3:30pm | Bandwagon Trio with Horace Grigsby
4:15pm | DJ Cipher
4:45pm | Chris Dave and Jason Moran
5:30pm | DJ Cipher
An all-day jazz homecoming.
The trailblazing pianist, Jason Moran, creates a musical event in the park where he spent so many Sundays growing up in Houston. An outdoor day of live music that features, as befits a homecoming, musical guests flowing in and out of the band. As the band plays on from day into evening, the music flows, swells, recedes, unstoppable, moving like a tide overtaking the land. Special guests from Houston’s numerous music scenes – from rap to jazz to blues – will appear throughout the day. Come and go, or stay all day to witness this marathon of star performances.
Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz. Through his compositions, improvisation, concepts, repertoire, technique and experimentation he has earned the reputation as “the future of jazz.” Expect a personal, emotional, leaving-it-all-out-there performance when he comes home.
Jason Moran is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader who creates adventurous, genre-crossing performances. He has recorded ten critically acclaimed albums with Blue Note Records, was a 2010 MacArthur recipient, and scored the Oscar-nominated film Selma. Currently the Jazz Artistic Director at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Moran has performed with such artists as Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter, Meshell Ndegeocello, Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, Marian McPartland, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Von Freeman, Andrew Hill and Uri Caine. His visual arts partnerships include Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson and Kara Walker. Commissioning institutions of Moran’s work has been commissioned by such institutions as Walker Art Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dia Art Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
“Jason Moran [is] shaping up to be the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” Rolling Stone
“Moran is like no other pianist at work. His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand.” Village Voice