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Jason Moran



Staff Report

NEW YORK, 30 May 2006 — Kaufman Center presents its final concert of the No Minimum duo-piano series at Merkin Concert Hall with two modern jazz artists-Jason Moran and Uri Caine-on Monday 12 June at 8 PM.

Jason Moran began playing the piano when he was six. He had no love for the instrument until, at the age of 13, he first heard the music of Thelonious Monk, and switched his efforts from classical to jazz. He attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and then enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with pianist Jaki Byard. While still in college Moran also received instruction from other avant-guard pianists including Muhal Richard Abrams and Andrew Hill. Moran caught the attention of Blue Note Records and following his joining the band of Greg Osby in 1997, he made his debut as a leader with Soundtrack to Human Motion, released in 1999.  His next album, 2000's Facing Left, featured Moran, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, collectively known as The Bandwagon. Other albums the group has recorded include Black Stars (2001), The Bandwagon: Live at the Village Vanguard (2003) and Same Mother (2005).

Aside from recordings under his own name, Moran has also played and recorded with a range of other artists including Cassandra Wilson, Stefon Harris, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Lee Konitz, Von Freeman and Ravi Coltrane.

Using the classical tradition as a springboard to improvisation, pianist Uri Caine has broadened the jazz songbook, bringing the music of Bach, Schumann, Wagner, Beethoven and Mahler into the fold. In high school, Caine began playing in bands lead by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt and Grover Washington. While studying composition and performance at the University of Pennnsylvania, he rounded out his jazz education playing the clubs in Philadelphia with many of the visiting musicians, including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, J.J. Johnson, Stanley Turrentine and Lester Bowie. Since moving to New York City, Caine has recorded sixteen albums as a leader. In addition to the classical hybrids, he has recorded homages to jazz greats Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, worked with a trio that fuses electronic music and jazz. His latest group, Bedrock, is celebrating the release of Shelf-Life (Winter & Winter), which delves into the disco side of jazz.

Kaufman Center
Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, NY
Tel: (1) 212 501 3330

Portrait: Uri Caine: Interpretive Musicologist

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