One of the most inventive pianists in modern jazz, Jason Moran grows in influence and stature each year. Born in 1975, Moran grew up in Houston. He started on the piano at 6 and was originally classically trained. At 13 he heard a recording of Thelonious Monk that inspired him to switch permanently to jazz. Moran attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After graduating, he enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He also studied privately with Muhal Richard Abrams and Andrew Hill. In 1997 while still in college, Moran toured Europe with Greg Osby’s group, becoming a member of the band for a couple of years and making his first recording on Osby’s 1997 album Further Ado for Blue Note.
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