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December 15, 2011
MUSIC The genre-defying jazz musician and MacArthur fellow Jason Moran, who samples freely from classical music, the blues, hip-hop and rock, will perform live in conjunction with the exhibition "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. " Afterward, he will discuss the theme of migration and music with music professor Guthrie Ramsey. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Thu. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu
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November 15, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Charles Lloyd was recounting his early days as a musician and the wisdom imparted to him by the late trumpeter Booker Little when he abruptly apologized for drifting off topic. "Pardon me for telling you this story," he said, speaking by phone from his house in the hills above Santa Barbara. "I live in the wilderness, and I don't edit so well. " No apology necessary. The saxophonist, 75, has a built a career on rewarding tangents, building a body of work that's helped shape the sound of jazz from the '60s into the new millennium.
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May 8, 2013 | By Chris Barton
It says something about the capacity for invention displayed by pianist Jason Moran that it was almost a disappointment to see him taking the stage Tuesday night joined "only" by his band the Bandwagon at a show presented by the Jazz Bakery. Granted, the New York City-based Moran is already appointment viewing for jazz fans given his mountains of acclaim and how rarely he ventures west (Moran performed solo at the Hammer Museum in 2011 but estimated it had been 10 years since his band last played L.A.)
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May 8, 2013 | By Chris Barton
It says something about the capacity for invention displayed by pianist Jason Moran that it was almost a disappointment to see him taking the stage Tuesday night joined "only" by his band the Bandwagon at a show presented by the Jazz Bakery. Granted, the New York City-based Moran is already appointment viewing for jazz fans given his mountains of acclaim and how rarely he ventures west (Moran performed solo at the Hammer Museum in 2011 but estimated it had been 10 years since his band last played L.A.)
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April 17, 2013 | Paula P
My friend and I had a great time.  We liked our seats, too!  Loved the modern challenge of Jason Moran's performance.  Steve Tyrell was great! Thanks for the lovely opportunity.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012
JAZZ Maybe one of the most underrated saxophonists working today, Walter Smith III has performed with Terence Blanchard, Christian Scott and Jason Moran in addition to releasing three albums as a bandleader that included the inviting 2010 album "III. " His deft interplay with rising star Ambrose Akinmusire was among the highlights of the trumpeter's celebrated 2011 album, and Akinmusire will join Smith along with two members of Kneebody in a quintet that's sure to throw sparks downtown.
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April 2, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Though Ben Wendel and Dan Tepfer could be considered newcomers as compared with 75-year-old saxophone master Charles Lloyd (who also recently released a duet album, "Hagar's Song," with pianist Jason Moran), they show as much restless invention on "Small Constructions. " While still a duet, the album lives up to its name with some judicious multi-tracking, allowing Wendel (co-leader of the genre-skipping jazz-rock group Kneebody) to seamlessly switch to melodica and bassoon, such as "Still Play," the opener, and "Gratitude," which expands with a quiet grace.
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September 18, 2012 | By Chris Barton
We may not have been able to hear the jackhammers from this far away, but jazz watchers in L.A. and beyond have been keeping an eye on the SFJAZZ Center as it continues making progress toward a planned opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next year. And now, with the recent announcement of the ambitious, multimillion-dollar center's debut season and opening-night plans, music fans are left with one exciting reality: The center is not only right on schedule but also shaping up to be a real West Coast landmark for jazz.
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January 8, 2010 | By Geoffrey Himes
Violinist Jenny Scheinman is eagerly anticipating this weekend's Winter Jazzfest in Manhattan -- not only because she'll be introducing her new duo with pianist Jason Moran but also because she'll have a chance to catch up with friends that she rarely gets to see. "Often I avoid the mayhem of festivals," said Scheinman, an up-and-coming talent who in the past has collaborated with musicians such as Bill Frisell and John Zorn, speaking by phone...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Charles Lloyd was recounting his early days as a musician and the wisdom imparted to him by the late trumpeter Booker Little when he abruptly apologized for drifting off topic. "Pardon me for telling you this story," he said, speaking by phone from his house in the hills above Santa Barbara. "I live in the wilderness, and I don't edit so well. " No apology necessary. The saxophonist, 75, has a built a career on rewarding tangents, building a body of work that's helped shape the sound of jazz from the '60s into the new millennium.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | Paula P
My friend and I had a great time.  We liked our seats, too!  Loved the modern challenge of Jason Moran's performance.  Steve Tyrell was great! Thanks for the lovely opportunity.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Though Ben Wendel and Dan Tepfer could be considered newcomers as compared with 75-year-old saxophone master Charles Lloyd (who also recently released a duet album, "Hagar's Song," with pianist Jason Moran), they show as much restless invention on "Small Constructions. " While still a duet, the album lives up to its name with some judicious multi-tracking, allowing Wendel (co-leader of the genre-skipping jazz-rock group Kneebody) to seamlessly switch to melodica and bassoon, such as "Still Play," the opener, and "Gratitude," which expands with a quiet grace.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Chris Barton
By nature, duet recordings are all about limitations, and an exercise in trying to say more with less. This month marked a pair of high-profile recordings between saxophone and keyboard, and the results are as distinctive as they are rewarding. Say what you will about Charles Lloyd, but the guy has exquisite taste in piano players. Over a career that began as a member of Gerald Wilson's band in the '50s, Lloyd has recorded with Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and, in an album-length pairing that coincides with Lloyd's 75th birthday, Jason Moran, who has been part of Lloyd's regular quartet for several years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By Chris Barton
We may not have been able to hear the jackhammers from this far away, but jazz watchers in L.A. and beyond have been keeping an eye on the SFJAZZ Center as it continues making progress toward a planned opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next year. And now, with the recent announcement of the ambitious, multimillion-dollar center's debut season and opening-night plans, music fans are left with one exciting reality: The center is not only right on schedule but also shaping up to be a real West Coast landmark for jazz.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012
JAZZ Maybe one of the most underrated saxophonists working today, Walter Smith III has performed with Terence Blanchard, Christian Scott and Jason Moran in addition to releasing three albums as a bandleader that included the inviting 2010 album "III. " His deft interplay with rising star Ambrose Akinmusire was among the highlights of the trumpeter's celebrated 2011 album, and Akinmusire will join Smith along with two members of Kneebody in a quintet that's sure to throw sparks downtown.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011
MUSIC The genre-defying jazz musician and MacArthur fellow Jason Moran, who samples freely from classical music, the blues, hip-hop and rock, will perform live in conjunction with the exhibition "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. " Afterward, he will discuss the theme of migration and music with music professor Guthrie Ramsey. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Thu. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu
NEWS
May 2, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jason Moran's adventurous opening set at the Jazz Bakery on Tuesday night triggered thoughts about the demands facing every young jazz pianist working within the classic trio instrumentation of piano, bass and drums. Like the classical string quartet, the jazz piano trio contains all the potential of much larger ensembles. But that potential comes with a major challenge: the sparkling history of piano achievements reaching from Jelly Roll Morton and Art Tatum to Cecil Taylor and Bill Evans.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Chris Barton
By nature, duet recordings are all about limitations, and an exercise in trying to say more with less. This month marked a pair of high-profile recordings between saxophone and keyboard, and the results are as distinctive as they are rewarding. Say what you will about Charles Lloyd, but the guy has exquisite taste in piano players. Over a career that began as a member of Gerald Wilson's band in the '50s, Lloyd has recorded with Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and, in an album-length pairing that coincides with Lloyd's 75th birthday, Jason Moran, who has been part of Lloyd's regular quartet for several years.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2010 | By Geoffrey Himes
Violinist Jenny Scheinman is eagerly anticipating this weekend's Winter Jazzfest in Manhattan -- not only because she'll be introducing her new duo with pianist Jason Moran but also because she'll have a chance to catch up with friends that she rarely gets to see. "Often I avoid the mayhem of festivals," said Scheinman, an up-and-coming talent who in the past has collaborated with musicians such as Bill Frisell and John Zorn, speaking by phone...
NEWS
May 2, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jason Moran's adventurous opening set at the Jazz Bakery on Tuesday night triggered thoughts about the demands facing every young jazz pianist working within the classic trio instrumentation of piano, bass and drums. Like the classical string quartet, the jazz piano trio contains all the potential of much larger ensembles. But that potential comes with a major challenge: the sparkling history of piano achievements reaching from Jelly Roll Morton and Art Tatum to Cecil Taylor and Bill Evans.
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