Michael Moore (jazz musician)

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Michael Moore (born December 4, 1954 in Arcata , California) is a North American jazz musician ( clarinet , saxophone and composition ) who has lived in the Netherlands since 1982 and is one of the representatives of the Modern Creative style.

Michael Moore (2004 in Boston, MA, USA)

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The son of a semi-professional musician, Moore was raised in California. After beginning his studies at Humboldt State University , he attended the New England Conservatory of Music , where he graduated from Jaki Byard and Gunther Schuller (1977). It was there that he met Marty Ehrlich . Then he played a lot with theater and dance groups. In 1982 he moved to Amsterdam, where he became a member of Misha Mengelberg's ICP Orchestra and is still today. He was also a member of Georg Gräwes Grubenklang Orchestra .

In 1992 Moore presented his first album; in particular with the album Chicoutimi (1994) he was recognized as a composer. The drum-less trio on this CD ( Fred Hersch , piano, and Mark Helias , bass) was inspired by the duos of Lee Konitz and Gil Evans , but is also reminiscent of the trios of Jimmy Giuffre in the early 1960s. With Jewels and Binoculars (a trio with bassist Lindsey Horner and drummer Michael Vatcher ) he dedicates himself to early songs by Bob Dylan . Beyond the ICP Orchestra, Moore is probably best known as part of the Clusone 3 trio that he formed with cellist Ernst Reijseger and drummer Han Bennink . The trio was initially only founded for a single appearance at the festival in Clusone , but then stayed together for many years for numerous appearances and six CDs, including one with freely interpreted Irving Berlin compositions. He also played with Available Jelly and with Gerry Hemingway ( Demon Chaser 1993), Myra Melford , Simon Nabatov , Franky Douglas , Yo-Yo Ma , Maarten Altena , Achim Kaufmann , Sean Bergin and Marilyn Crispell .

In 1991 he founded the Ramboy Records label to better document his music; there are 22 publications so far (as of August 2006).


In 1986 Moore received the prestigious Boy Edgar Prize . Between 2000 and 2002 he was honored annually as the best clarinetist by the Down Beat .

Selection discography

  • Michael Moore Quintet: Home Game (Ramboy Records, 1988)
  • Michael Moore Quartet: Négligé (Ramboy Records, 1992)
  • Michael Moore Trio: Bering (Ramboy Records, 1993) with Mark Helias and Fred Hersch,
  • MGM Trio (Ramboy Records) with M Arilyn Crispell and G erry Hemingway
  • Michael Moore with Tristan Honsinger and Cor Fuhler: Monitor ( between the lines , 1999)
  • Air Street (Between the Lines, 2001)
  • White Widow (Ramboy 2001) with Aley Maguire, Mark Helias, Han Bennink
  • Jewels and Binoculars (Ramboy, 2000) with Lindsey Horner, Michael Vatcher (Music of Bob Dylan)
  • Floater (Ramboy, 2003) dto. (Music of Bob Dylan)
  • Osiris (Ramboy, 2005) with Eric Vloeimans
  • Ships with tatooed sails (Ramboy 2007) (Music of Bob Dylan)
  • Furthermore (2013) with Achim Kaufmann
  • Felix Quartet (2016)

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