Discussion with Jason Moran: Exploring "American Classics"

As part of an ongoing series of events exploring "American Classics," celebrated musician, composer and artist Jason Moran will discuss his ongoing investigations into the spaces inhabited by Jazz performance and the residue it leaves behind. His recent exhibition STAGED, including works shown at the Venice Biennale in 2015, recreated architectural elements associated with historic Jazz venues in New York from the 1940s and 1950s, such as the Savoy Ballroom and the Three Deuces, that no longer exist. For Moran, Jazz is an exuberant art form, part of the living lore of the city, and an embodiment of the restlessness characterizing American society in recent years. His multivalent works examine the highly-charged intersections between music, art and social history. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010, Moran, an electrifying Jazz performer, is the Artistic Director for Jazz and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and is Distinguished Artist in Residence at Georgetown University.


Tickets for this event unclaimed by 7:25 p.m. may be released to patrons on stand-by.  To be eligible for limited stand-by seating, please arrive starting one hour prior to the performance to put your name on the list.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:30pm

Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Arts, Special Events, Community


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public


Georgetown College, Performing Arts




FREE, but ticketed.

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Melisande Colomb

Melisande Colomb left a positive review 12/8/2017

Jason Moran Was engaging, informative, funny and brilliant on the piano. I'm looking forward to the next discussion in March!

James Collins

James Collins left a positive review 12/8/2017

An honor for our campus to host such a creative and innovative performer and composer. Getting a chance to follow his thought processes in the composition of music - particularly for other artistic installations - was a highlight of the semester. Bravo to Prof. Jackson for organizing such a wonderful event.

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