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April 14, 2014

Innovative jazz pianist coming to area April 17

LEWISBURG — Jason Moran and the Bandwagon will perform on 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 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.”

 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.

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.

In 2005, his blues homage, “Same Mother,” was released, and he received the first ever Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year award.

 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.

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