Jason Moran and the Bandwagon will perform on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
Moran will lead a lecture/demonstration on Thursday, April 17, from noon to1 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby. The pre-performance event is free and open to the public.
The evening concert is co-sponsored with the Music Department's Jazz at Bucknell Series.
Since his emergence on the music scene in the late '90s, the jazz pianist and 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 matters — improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation — Moran, and The Bandwagon — bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits — have challenged the status quo and earned the reputation as "the future of jazz."
Moran's debut recording as a leader, Soundtrack to Human Motion, was released in 1999 to great critical praise. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times named it the best album of the year and the Jazz Journalists Association awarded it "Best Debut Recording." The following year, Facing Left prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare the album "an instant classic."
Moran augmented the trio for his third Blue Note release, Black Stars, adding avant-garde icon Sam Rivers, who plays saxophone, flute and piano on the recording. Gary Giddins of the Village Voice exclaimed, "Black Stars is possibly a Blue Note benchmark, definitely one of 2000's outstanding discs."
In 2002, Moran released his universally acclaimed solo piano disc Modernistic, prompting the Cork (Ireland) Jazz Festival to award him the 2002 Guinness Rising Star Award. Pre-eminent jazz critic Gary Giddins proclaimed it "a benchmark achievement and a profound illustration of his capacity to combine classicism and maverick innovation."
The Bandwagon, culled from the trio's six-day stint at New York's Village Vanguard in 2003, earned the trio a title as "the best new rhythm section in jazz!" (NY Times). The Jazz Journalists Association awarded Moran with the "Up-n-Coming Jazz Musician" of 2003. Moran topped The Downbeat Critics Poll in three categories in 2003 and 2004: Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Pianist, Rising Star Composer.
In 2005, his blues homage, Same Mother, was released, and he received the first ever Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year award. Artist in Residence debuted in 2006 and showcased Moran's signature brilliance with ambitious undertakings. In the span of one year, he accepted and recorded three separate commissions from three pre-eminent American arts institutions: The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Dia Art Foundation, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
In 2007, Moran was commissioned to create IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall, 1959, the critically acclaimed multi-media performance investigating Thelonious Monk's famous recording, Monk at Town Hall. IN MY MIND examines Monk's process of creating this seminal concert using audio of conversations with Monk and the arranger Hal Overton. Moran's most recent release, TEN, celebrates his 10th anniversary with The Bandwagon.
In 2010, Moran received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his "extraordinary originality and dedication in his creative pursuits." Commonly known as the "genius grant," the MacArthur Foundation awards $500,000 to each fellow in the hopes of fostering creativity and future advances in any field.
Music education still plays a central role in Moran's life. He is on the piano faculty at Manhattan School of Music. He has been lecturer/instructor at Yale University, Dartmouth University, University of Pennsylvania, Eastman School of Music, The Kennedy Center, The New School, New York's Museum of Modern Art, Banff Center for The Arts, Denmark's Vallekilde Jazz Camp, Skidmore and Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, and $10 for non-Bucknell college students.
Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.
Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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