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Jason Moran: Promoting the Freedom Principles

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Pianist, composer, conceptual artist Jason Moran on truth versus passion, promoting the "Freedom Principles," America's unfortunate way of forgetting the past, when innovation becomes rhetoric, what it means for African American musicians to move freely "from the stage to the table," the power dynamic in choosing repertoire, coming up in Houston among a generation of jazz innovators (including Robert Glasper and Eric Harland), what we still have to learn from Louis Armstrong, the common threat from Thelonious Monk to KRS-1, and what it means to be the "personal embodiment of your history."

Along the way, he discusses studying with Jaki Byard, revisiting the music of Fats Waller, and much more.

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