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Jason Moran & The Big Bandwagon

Fri Oct 11th, 2024 at 8:00PM


Walt Disney Concert Hall
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Pianist and composer Jason Moran is a risk-taker and trendsetter for new directions in jazz. In his program James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: From the Dancehall to the Battlefield, he reflects on the legacy of an often-forgotten hero of Black music: ragtime pioneer and World War I hero James Reese Europe. Europe and his military ensemble the Harlem Hellfighters popularized the new spirit of jazz in a war-torn French nation fascinated with Black culture. And thats only the beginning of their storytheir legacy has had an extraordinary impact on African American music over the past century of cultural and political change.

Morans program features his Bandwagon bandmatesbassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waitsplus a seven-piece horn section, contributions from artist/writer/director John Akomfrah, and visuals from acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young. Its a powerful examination that led the Washington Post to exclaim, We already knew that Jason Moran is stunningly and profoundly original. Knowing it doesnt prepare one for the stark, sublime beauty of James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters.

Bradford Young, Cinematographer

Stefani Saintonge, Film Editor

Harbor Picture Company, Color Correction

John Akomfrah, Dramaturg

Stephany Neal, Historian

Jati Lindsay, Still Photography

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135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Get Directions)

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