December 1, 2016


NYU Washington, DC and the Washington, DC Jazz Festival presented a conversation with and performance by Jason Moran, critically acclaimed pianist, composer, and Artistic Director of the Kennedy Center.

Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist and MacArthur Fellow has been described as a “provocative thinker” by Rolling Stone and has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. This Meet the Artist program was moderated by DCJF Artistic Director, Willard Jenkins.

Special thanks to NYU Trustee Ronald Abramson and The Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation for generously supporting this program. 

Meet the Artist

Jason Moran

Since his emergence on the music scene in the late 1990s, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. With a unique vision and innovative approach to the music, Mr. Moran was appointed Artistic Advisor for Jazz for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in November 2011 and given the title of Artistic Director for Jazz in May 2014.

Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. The festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists, and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area. Throughout the year, the DC Jazz Festival nourishes the community with free educational programs that extend our reach into undeserved communities and enhance the quality of life for DC public and charter school students.

The DC Jazz Festival is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2004 with a mission to create, develop, implement, and support cultural and educational programs in Washington, DC through the presentation of concerts, festivals, symposia, workshops, master classes, lecture/demonstrations and other programs related to jazz, blues, Latin and world music.

The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists offers an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us.