Jason Moran And The Bandwagon At The Kennedy Center

Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Pianist and composer Jason Moran is known for the scope and scale of his works: a dance party based on the music of early virtuoso Fats Waller, a multimedia presentation reconfiguring the 1959 Town Hall concert of Thelonious Monk, a suite inspired by the quilting tradition of Gee’s Bend, Ala. But much of his work stems from his long-running trio, the Bandwagon, featuring Nasheet Waits on drums and Tarus Mateen on bass. And as the Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Moran has a place to bring the Bandwagon to work out its next big ideas.

Jazz Night In America taps the archives to present a fall 2013 set from Jason Moran and The Bandwagon, live at the Kennedy Center’s intimate Jazz Club room. “This is our house,” he says from the stage, introducing a set filled with Fats Waller signatures and other surprises.

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