Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party
Photo Credit: Clay Patrick McBride
Great Hall (Directions & Parking)
PL A $55 | PL B $45 | PL C $30 | PL D $30 |
Tue., February 9 - 8:00 PM
The Washington Post wrote of Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party shows, “the band largely reshapes Waller’s tunes for a hip-hop ear — often by seizing on hidden beats or fleeting riffs from the original recordings and turning them into the foundation for new renditions. That happens some on the record, but things go in more varied directions, too.”
Moran explains: “Dance has been a part of society for a long time. So some of the rhythms that come out in these songs, I’ve always felt they weren’t new. They were rhythms that were already embedded in Fats Waller’s music, except that I just decided to clip them out and make them a focal point.”
Moran's Fats Waller, which he created with Me'shell Ndegeocello, was commissioned by the Harlem Stage as part of its first Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. The show paid tribute both to the spirit of Waller and to a club he played in Harlem, Small's. At its premiere, the New York Times observed “the show felt both site-specific and spur of the moment. The band geared itself toward dancing and sounded easygoing its first time out.”
Moran will be touring Europe this spring doing duets with saxophonist Charles Lloyd.
“A startlingly gifted pianist with a relentless thirst for experimentation.”
- Los Angeles Times
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This performance is gernously supported by CSUN | The Univerity Corporation.