11/29/11

JFK Center Names Jason Moran Artistic Advisor for Jazz

Pianist/Composer will curate D.C. center’s jazz programming

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., today named pianist/composer Jason Moran as its Artistic Advisor for Jazz, effective immediately. Moran is the second person to hold the position, and was preceded by Dr. Billy Taylor, who served in the same capacity from 1994 until his death in 2010.

As Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Moran will assist staff in developing programming and curating artists for one of the largest jazz programs in the United States. Additionally, he will work with the Center’s other programming departments to coordinate programming for multidisciplinary festivals and events throughout the Kennedy Center’s upcoming seasons.

Moran performed in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall as part of the Center’s Jazz Residency program Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead in April 1998. He appeared with his group the Bandwagon in the KC Jazz Club in October 2003 and February 2005, and with the Overtone Quartet in the Terrace Theater in October 2009. During the current season, he will perform in NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas with NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris, Eddie Palmieri and Alfredo Rodriguez in the Terrace Theater on December 10, 2011. An annual NPR tradition, the concert will be recorded for later broadcast.

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