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McPartland Spotlights Moran

Jason Moran’s Black Stars (Blue Note) was named best jazz recording of 2001 by The New York Times and also placed first in JazzTimes‘ 2001 critic’s poll. Moran (pictured) is a rising star, a pianist to reckon with. And his skills aren’t grabbing the ears of critics alone. Piano jazz maven Marian McPartland has chosen Moran as this year’s featured artist in the fourth annual Marian McPartland/Eastman Jazz Series.

The honor gives Moran a chance to play with McPartland at a May 9 concert to be held in Rochester, NY at the Eastman School of Music. The venue will be Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall and showtime is 8 p.m. Both pianists will also play individually. Tickets for the concert (at $15, $10, and $5) are available in advance by calling 585-222-5000.

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