2010 Macarthur Foundation Recipient Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taking pianist and innovator of new directions for jazz. His awards include Jazz Artist, Jazz Album & Pianist of the Year in the 59th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll; Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Pianist, Rising Star Composer in the 2003-04 Downbeat Critics Polls; and the first Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year award.
Moran’s Soundtrack to Human Motion on Blue Note earned “Best Debut Recording” by the Jazz Journalists Association. Facing Left established The Bandwagon with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and Moran added avant-garde icon Sam Rivers for Black Stars. Moran followed with the acclaimed recordings Modernistic, The Bandwagon: Live at the Village Vanguard, Same Mother, Artist in Residence, and TEN.
Inspired by contemporary art, Moran’s music is in the collections of the MOMA and Whitney Museum of American Art. Commissions include The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Dia Art Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall, 1959, a multi-media performance and documentary on Monk at Town Hall. He has written for LINES Ballet, scored video works for contemporary artists Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, and collaborated with neo-soul artist Meshell Ndegeocello .
Moran is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and 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, and numerous others.