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One of the well-known jazz pianist Jason Moran was born in the year 1975. He was brought up in Houston, Texas. He started playing the piano when he was only six years. But he had no interest in playing the instrument but continued to do so because his parents wanted him to. When he was 13 years old, he heard the music of Thelonious Monk and liked it so much that he made up his mind to learn jazz music instead of classical music. As a result, he was enrolled at the Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and then went on to attend the Manhattan School of Music. In the Manhattan School of Music, he studied with the famous pianist Jaki Byard. In the same college, Moran used to get valuable tips and inspiration from other pianists such as Muhal Richard Abrams and Andrew Hill, who like to experiment with different types of music.

While still studying at Manhattan School of Music, he got a chance to tour Europe when he was invited be the saxophonist Greg Osby to join his band for the tour. During the tour, Moran displayed his exceptional skill with the piano and it impressed Osby very much, that he told Moran to continue to play with his band even after they returned from the United States. Moran continued playing with Osby's band and made his first appearance on Osby's 1997 Blue Note album Further Ado. The label Blue Note was so much impressed with Moran that it led to signing of contract of his own with the label. Moran released his debut as a leader Soundtrack to Human Motion, in the year 1999. In this album, Moran was accompanied by Osby, drummer Eric Harland, who was a classmate of Moran's at the Manhattan School, vibraphonist Stefon Harris as well as bassist Lonnie Plaxico.
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In the year 2000, Moran released his next album, "Facing Left". It featured a trio of Moran, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits. The same trio came to name themselves as The Bandwagon. Later, for their next album the trio was joined by saxophonist and pianist Sam Rivers. Together, they released the next album Black Stars, in the year 2001. The album was a huge hit. In the year 2002 Moran released his own solo album, "Modernistic", which was critically acclaimed. In the year 2003, he again collaborated with Tarus and Waits to release their trio album, called " The Bandwagon: Live at the Village Vanguard" which they recorded at New York's Village Vanguard. In the year 2005, the band released their next album and called it "Same Mother".

Moran has done innumerable recordings under his own name, and side by side has also played and recorded with a wide variety of popular artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Lee Konitz, Von Freeman, Christian McBride and Ravi Coltrane. For his music and compositions, he has received a large number of awards. In the year 2003, he was honored with "Up-n-Coming Jazz Musician" by The Jazz Journalists Association's "Up-n-Coming Jazz Musician". Not only this, he was also voted as the Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Pianist, and Rising Star Composer in the Down Beat Critics Poll consecutively in 2003 as well as in 2004. Recently, Moran was also named Jazz Artist of the Year by the Playboy Magazine's, for the first time ever. He has also been the lecturer/ instructor at Banff Center for The Arts, Denmark's' Vallekilde Jazz Camp, Manhattan School of Music, The New School and also at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, his alma mater.

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