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.