Date published: January 1, 2012
Journal code: JZZD
Recently, the John E Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts named Jason Moran as its artistic advisor for Jazz. Moran, who has assumed Kennedy Center duties immediately, is the second person to hold the position since its inception. The first was Dr. Billy Taylor, who served in the same capacity from 1994 until his death in 2010.
Moran will be responsible for developing programming and curating artists for the wide-ranging jazz program. His work in the contemporary jazz scene has established him as a risk-taker and innovator. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010 and has received commissions from The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Dia Art Foundation, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Kennedy Center Jazz presents legendary and emerging artists in more than 30 performances a year.