Jason Moran

Genres: Drama Movies Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Houston, Texas, USA. Although gifted with a prodigious technique, pianist Moran, who studied with Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams, chooses to subordinate his playing to the needs of the group. In performance, he urges his musical colleagues along with his constant explorations and suggestions. The classically trained Moran was drawn to jazz at a young age, and played in a big band and quartet at Houston’s High School For The Performing And Visual Arts. He relocated to New York City in 1993, studying with Jaki Byard at the Manhattan School Of Music and also receiving private lessons from Abrams and Hill. The creative idiosyncrasies of all three mentors made a deep impact in Moran’s own development, lending him a quirky originality that sets him apart from the new generation of piano players.

Moran first made an impression in the late 90s on Greg Osby’s Further Ado, and for his recording debut as leader, Osby united with...

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