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Concert Review: Jason Moran & the Bandwagon in La Jolla

Fats Waller on their minds

Jason Moran
Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif., May 2013

I last saw Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Belgrade Jazz Festival in Serbia in 2010. They played a midnight concert in the scruffy, tattered Student Cultural Center. The air was an acrid fog of Balkan cigarette smoke. The young, loud crowd overflowed the seats and aisles of the cramped venue and spilled into the adjacent foyer where the bar was. Rakija and pivo also flowed and spilled. The acoustic piano was so bad that Moran gave up on it and played Fender Rhodes.

The setting for the Bandwagon’s concert in La Jolla, Calif., on May 8 was rather different. The Auditorium at TSRI (for “The Scripps Research Institute”) holds 352 plush seats, ascending in a steep rise for perfect sight lines. It is located in one of several sleek white buildings of the Scripps medical research campus. The surroundings feel like a park. The clean, contemporary Scripps architecture is set within stands of Torrey pines, which look like designer trees.

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