MacArthur Winner Jason Moran Wants to Spread the Music

The pianist says his "genius grant" will help him bring jazz to neglected corners of America.

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He admitted he did have a list of dream projects, and one of them seems immediately feasible. "One was to perform free concerts within America, especially in rural America," he said. "I feel like much of what I've done has been in the major cities, yet much of the Midwest, Southwest, North and South gets neglected. So the fellowship would make the issue not about money, but about taking the music to the people."

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