Jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He later studied with Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams and began an 18-year relationship with Blue Note Records, producing nine recordings. His groundbreaking trio The Bandwagon (with Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits) is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Mr. Moran’s performances with Cassandra Wilson, Charles Lloyd, and the late Sam Rivers reveal the scope of his musical partnerships. He has also worked with visual artists including Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker. He has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Ford Foundation.
He regularly collaborates with his wife, Alicia Hall Moran. They curated a five-day performance series, BLEED, at the 2012 Whitney Biennial residency and premiered Work Songs at the 2015 Venice Biennial. They also produce recordings on their label, Yes Records.
Mr. Moran composed the scores for Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th, and for Ta-Nehisi Coates’s stage version of Between the World and Me.
History is an ongoing theme for Mr. Moran, who has created pieces about Thelonious Monk (In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959), Fats Waller (Fats Waller Dance Party), and James Reese Europe (James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin).
In 2018 Jason Moran had his first solo museum exhibition at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center; it traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in September 2019. He is artistic director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center, programs for Park Avenue Armory, and teaches at New England Conservatory. He has produced 15 albums.