Fats Waller Dance Party
Saturday, April 26, 2014
“The most provocative thinker in current jazz.” ~ Rolling Stone Magazine
“No finer piano trio currently stalks the earth. Historically and intellectually resourceful but also sparklingly intuitive, inventive, spontaneous…unassailably brilliant.” ~ Downbeat Magazine
Pianist and composer Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. A recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Moran is “a startlingly gifted pianist with a rententless thirst for experimentation” (The Los Angeles Times). In recognition of his unique vision and outstanding contributions to the art form, Moran was recently appointed the new Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
In his recently conceived Fats Waller Dance Party, Moran presents a contemporary celebration of the legendary entertainer. Commissioned by the Harlem Stage in New York, the rapturous event, played four consecutive sold-out nights at its 2011 world premiere. Jason delights the crowd, donning an oversized Fats Waller mask for spells at the piano and on the dance floor- turning himself into a bobble-head jazzman. The all-inclusive dance party offers a lively re-imagining of Waller’s signature sound, bringing a new generation of jazz fans to its feet. Get your tickets and mark your calendars today!