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In 2018, it’s hard to fathom that a jazz pianist could be a rock star. Jason Moran shatters that perception. The Houston-born musical savant is remaking the genre. He scored Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking film Selma. Moran, ever the craftsman, turned that score into a nuanced yet powerful meditation on its subject matter. The Kennedy Center took notice of Moran’s many talents, naming him its artistic advisor for jazz in 2011 and artistic director for jazz in 2014. There, he’s widely expanded the breadth of its jazz programming, bringing in greats like Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor and Esperanza Spalding. But his work with the Kennedy Center hasn’t made him a slouch. The 43-year-old is still doing his jazz thing—experimenting with and revolutionizing technique, composition, and improvisation. At The Phillips Collection, Moran will offer personal, improvisatory musical responses to one of the collection’s current art exhibitions, Ten Americans: After Paul Klee. The work of Swiss-born painter Klee combined with Moran’s piano skills will make for a world of color. Read more>>> Jason Moran performs at 5:30 p.m. at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Sold out. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org. (Kayla Randall)
It’s International Women’s Day and a smattering of D.C. area bars and restaurants are offering special deals or showcasing products made by women. Supra has created two cocktails honoring women, and 8 percent of all dinner sales tonight will go to N Street Village. Meanwhile, ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar is hosting a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. See what everyone else is doing to toast to women here. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Spend an evening with ’90s heartthrob Edwin McCain as he performs classics like “I’ll Be” at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50.
Producer and DJ Excision presents the 2018 Paradox Tour at Echostage, featuring fellow electronic artists Liquid Stranger, Luzcid, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Protohype, Dion Timmer, Monxx, and Hekler. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $35–$45.
The National Gallery of Art continues its run of Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, an exhibition that showcases the work of the famed Virginia-born photographer. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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