Deacon John Moore

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Deacon John Moore
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Deacon John Moore (2005)
Background information
Birth name John Moore
Born (1941-06-23) June 23, 1941 (age 73)
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Blues, Rhythm and Blues
Occupations Musician, bandleader, actor
Instruments vocals, guitar, tambourine
Years active 1950s -
Labels Minit Records, RedBone Records, Vetter Communications
Website Deacon John's Jump Blues

Deacon John Moore (born 23 June 1941,[1][2] New Orleans, Louisiana) better known as Deacon John is a blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll musician, singer, actor, and bandleader.

Career[edit]

Moore grew up in New Orleans' 8th Ward. He plays guitar and is the brother of the Creole scholar Sybil Kein.

He was active on the New Orleans R&B scene since his teens, and became a session man on many hit recordings of the late 1950s and the 1960s, including those by Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, and others.[2]

His band the Ivories at New Orleans' Dew Drop Inn attracted an enthusiastic following, sometimes upstaging visiting national acts Moore was hired to open for.[citation needed] While highly regarded locally and by his fellow musicians, lack of hit records under his own name kept him from the national fame achieved by a number of his peers.

In 2000 Moore was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.

He is featured in the documentary film Going Back to New Orleans: The Deacon John Film and the concert DVD, "Deacon John's Jump Blues."

As of 2006 he remains a local favorite on the New Orleans music scene. On 25 July 2006 Moore became president of the local branch of the American Federation of Musicians.

On April 10, 2007, Moore's son, Keith was shot and killed at the age of 42, in New Orleans. Keith was locally famous in New Orleans as an ambient noise artist, and the founder of Noizefest, an alternative, modern addition to the Jazzfest festivities.

In January 2008, Deacon John was selected to close the Inauguration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal by performing "God Bless America" with the 156th Army Band and a Navy fly-over of jets, and later headline the Governor's Inuagural Ball.

In 2008, in ceremonies and performance in New Orleans at NOCCA, Deacon John was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.[2]

Acting Career[edit]

Moore had his first taste of acting by appearing in the horror film Angel Heart in 1987. Moore did not appear on the big screen again until 2013 when he had a cameo in another horror film The Last Exorcism Part II. Moore also guest starred in a few episodes of Treme during 2010.

Discography[edit]

  • 1990 Singer Of Song (Singer Of Song)
  • 1999 Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1994 (RedBone)
  • 2003 Deacon John's Jump Blues (Vetter) CD & DVD

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Last Exorcism Part II Old Bluesman
2010 Treme Danny Nelson 3 episodes
1987 Angel Heart Toots Sweet Band - Lead Guitar

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