Bill Moring

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Bill Moring
Born Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, bassist
Instruments Upright bass
Years active 1980-current
Associated acts Dave Stryker, John Hart, Chris Potter
Website http://www.billmoring.com

Bill Moring is an American jazz bassist.

Bill Moring was born in 1958 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After attending Indiana State University for a year, Moring began touring with jazz groups through Indianapolis and Cincinnati and working with acclaimed jazz musicians such as Claude Sifferlen and Steve Allee. In 1980, Moring began playing with John Von Ohlen's big band and recorded a Grammy nominated live album with the group.[1]

In 1984, Moring moved to New York City and developed a partnership with drummer Mel Lewis. In 1985, he went on tour with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. In 1986, Moring began studying with the legendary Rufus Reid, thanks to a grant for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1987, Moring joined the Count Basie Orchestra on tour.

In the years since, Moring has played and recorded with a diverse catalogue of artists including singers such as Joe Williams, Mel Torme, Dakota Staton, Maxine Sullivan, and Susannah McCorkle, jazz instrumentalists like Frank Foster, Al Cohn, Clark Terry, Mickey Roker, Tommy Flanagan, Junior Cook, Roland Hanna, Vernel Fournier, Mel Lewis, and Ray Barretto and contemporary artists such as John Abercrombie, Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Dave Kikoski, Billy Hart, John Hart, Eddie Henderson, Joe Locke, Mulgrew Miller, Chris Potter, Dave Stryker, and James Williams.[2]

Moring is currently on faculty at Montclair State University and has taught previously at Rutgers, Jersey City State University, Long Island University, and SUNY Purchase.[3]

Moring is currently signed to Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios and released the album Spaces in Time in 2008 under the name Bill Moring & Way Out East with a quintet including Jack Walrath, Tim Armacost, Steve Allee, and Steve Johns. He also plays bass in the Steve Allee Trio and has played on the group's albums Colors and Dragonfly, both released by Owl Studios.[4]

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