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Interviews with leading musicians on today's scene presented by KIOS music hosts.

An Interview With Jason Moran

Jason Moran is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and educator. Moran leads The Bandwagon, including bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits. The Bandwagon delivers a fresh and bold mix of classic and contemporary jazz styles, incoporating hip-hop and other modern musical elements that reflect new directions in jazz.

Moran is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. He has also been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music since 2010, where he gives masterclasses and teaches lessons. Jason Moran has performed as a sideman with many of the luminaries in jazz, including Charles Lloyd, Christian McBride, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Bill Frisell, The Bad Plus, and many others.

Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke recently spoke to Jason Moran over the phone. In a wide-ranging conversation, Moran cited Thelonious Monk and Jaki Byard as his primary influences, which helped shaped his modern approach to the piano. He also discussed his experiences working with Charles Lloyd, and today's jazz music, in addition to the lessons he seeks to impart to his music students. Click on the link to hear the interview.



Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music and presenting those conversations with listeners. When not hosting or listening to jazz, on record or in person, Cooke maintains a busy schedule as a self-employed web design consultant.
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