Jazz pianist, composer Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX in 1975 and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center.
Moran has recorded 9 critically acclaimed albums for Blue Note Records. Now he runs his own record label, YES RECORDS. His rich and varied body of work is actively shaping the current and future landscape of jazz. He has recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, Sam Rivers, Meshell N’degeocello and many others. Moran scored Ava DuVernay’s Oscar nominated film SELMA and his cross discipline collaborators include the artists Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Stan Douglas, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, Theaster Gates and Kara Walker; commissioning institutions of Moran’s work include the Walker Art Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, among many others.
Moran has a long-standing collaborative practice with his wife, the singer Alicia Hall Moran. Their collaboration, WORK SONGS, was commissioned by the 72nd Venice Art Biennial along with his first mixed-media installations STAGED: Savoy Ballroom and Three Deuces.
Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston.