Jazz Pianist Jason Moran Stretches Into New Territory with Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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Jason Moran and Charles Lloyd are collaborating to create music for Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Jason Moran and Charles Lloyd might seem unlikely partners -- there's a 37-year age difference between the skateboarder-turned-pianist and saxophonist icon. But together, the musicians craft what one critic called "a conversation so intimate the listener [feels] she is eavesdropping." The duo bring their jazz collaboration into new territory by teaming up with Alonzo King LINES Ballet this season. Moran joins us to talk about his jazz career, his partnership with Lloyd and finding harmony with the dancers on stage.


Jason Moran, jazz pianist and composer; artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center; 2010 MacArthur genius fellow