He's been awarded the 2005 Pianist of the Year award by the Jazz Journalist's Association, and he also received the first ever 2005 Playboy Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year. His new album is called Same Mother, which reflects the 30-year-old musician's current interest in the blues.
Jazz pianist Jason Moran's new album, Artist in Residence, is the result of music he created after he accepted commissions from three American art institutions. Moran has been described in Downbeat magazine as one of the most important figures of his generation. This interview originally aired on June 27, 2005.