Born: January 21, 1975 Primary Instrument: Piano
Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole.
In almost every category that mattersimprovisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentationMoran, and his group The Bandwagon with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation as the future of jazz....
Moran is like no other pianist at work. His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand. Village Voice
When Jason Moran performs with his trio, Bandwagon, these days, he engages in a ritual that befits one of the most independent minds now working in jazz. The New York Times
Of course, countless other jazz musicians have tried to reinvent eras past, including the elliptical 1960s, with varying degrees of success. But it's Moran's writing, the bane of so many a young pyrotechnic lions, that separates him. Newsweek
...Moran has earned nearly unanimous acclaim, demonstrating with wit and imagination the triumphs possible in jazz... JAZZ by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux
Jason Moran [is] shaping up to be the most provocative thinker in current jazz. Rolling Stone