Jason Moran solo (US) & Kandace Springs trio (US)
double bill / #pianoday2020
Jason Moran Solo
Jason Moran will visit Leuven for the first time! The Texas-born pianist (°1975) has an incomparable style. He masters all techniques, has an expressive style and unlimited energy and brings a unique and extremely varied repertoire.
He started playing the piano at the age of 6. At 13, he became fascinated by jazz and the sounds of Thelonious Monk, his first big role model. At the age of 22, as a senior student at the Manhattan School of Music, he was invited by saxophonist Greg Osby for his European tour, the start of a long-lasting collaboration. This also meant his breakthrough and got him a contract with Blue Note Records. Since then, he has played with Charles Lloyd, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Steve Coleman, Stefon Harris and many others.
With his crystal-clear and percussive style and his roaring-thirties look he captivates the audience's attention effortlessly. Moran is on the right of avant-garde and on the left of mainstream. He honours traditions, but he also has a keen feeling of what's 'hip' in these postmodern times. With loads of musical flair, he conquers the jazz stages all over the world.
Prince once said that Kandace Springs "has a voice that could melt snow." He heard Springs’ cover of Sam Smith’s 'Stay With Me' online in 2014 and invited her to perform with him at the surprise concert of the 30th anniversary of 'Purple Rain'. He thus became a mentor to the young singer, pianist and composer.
In 2016, she signed at the legendary Blue Note Records. Her warm and sensual voice seduced us instantly on 'Soul Eyes' (2016). In 2018, the worthy successor 'Indigo' saw her combining the vocal jazz traditions with modern R&B influences.
The style of 30-year-old Kandace is certainly inspired by some of the greatest female artists in jazz - Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones - without settling for mere imitations.
In this exclusive gig at ‘Leuven Jazz’, she'll present her new album in an all-female power trio.
- “Moran is the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” (Rolling Stone)
- “Moran is like no other pianist at work. His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand.” (Village Voice)“
- …one of the most independent minds now working in jazz.” (The New York Times)
- “Citing Nina Simone as her inspiration, Springs evinces a similarly powerful beauty, a satin ‘n sinew verve, though her soul-infused sound more strongly suggests Cassandra Wilson by way of Whitney Houston.” (JazzTimes)