Jason Moran, a brilliant player/composer, is so much more. That was confirmed by his being appointed to lead one of the premier jazz organizations in the US. Recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant (a $100K Fellowship), he's also been a distinguished collaborator with all manner of plastic and performing artists--it's "...all a continuum..." he's been quoted. Here's a short Washington Post article and he was a guest on Public TV this week.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...u8N_story.html
I am elated; how about he plays?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-3KlwoKdfI << "Stuffy" or "hide-bound traditionalist"? Not even in the same town as Mr. Moran. I understand there are a bunch of troupes taking this around the country (the "Fats Waller Dance Party")--if you get the chance, jump on it. Jazz comes back to the people.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_bcZIa1iRU << read comment 1 and see if you don't agree.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=genKW0A-ifE << at once, deep and jocular--neat trick to pull off
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpHq_cRKGyw << one of the simplest of modern human interactions...and they create art from it. Amazing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dadODYB26aE << a James P. Johnson* song and thus an inside joke he shares with us.
* James P. Johnson was one of two that brought jazz piano from ragtime to stride (i.e. jazz).: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_P._Johnson