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Jason Moran to visit USC Upstate campus to discuss the soundtrack of social justice

On Thursday November 19th, at 4 pm the Center for African American Studies will be offering the “John Birks Dizzy Gillespie Lecture on Black Culture.” The event will feature jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and educator Jason Moran.

According to Dr. Nicholas Gaffney “the talk is designed to create a space for an African American artist to discuss their work within the landscape of current and future black creative expression.”

Jason Moran is a native of Houston, Texas. He is an award-winning jazz pianist, composer and educator. He has assembled an impressive discography as a Blue Note recording artist. Moran has also been on the cutting-edge of jazz by crossing and blending genres within his music. His musical creativity also earned him a prestigious McArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Moran has also applied his musical talent to the silver screen composting scores for films and documentaries including Selma and The 13th. He also scored the music for the theatrical production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me.

Moran currently serves as the Artistic Director for Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and is a member of the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.

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