Jemeel Moondoc

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Jemeel Moondoc
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Moondoc performing at Studio Riveba July, 1976
Background information
Born (1951-08-05) 5 August 1951 (age 63)
Chicago, Illinois United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Alto saxophone, clarinet, piano

Jemeel Moondoc (born August 5, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois) is a jazz saxophonist who plays alto saxophone.[1] He is a proponent of a highly improvisational style.

He studied clarinet and piano before settling on saxophone at sixteen. He became interested in jazz largely due to Cecil Taylor and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison he was a student of Taylor's. After that he moved to New York City where he founded "Ensemble Muntu" with William Parker, Roy Campbell, Jr., and Rashid Bakr. The group also had its own Muntu record label, but eventually faced financial difficulties. He worked with Parker again in 1998's album New World Pygmies.


As leader[edit]

  • First Feeding (Muntu, 1977)
  • The Evening of the Blue Men (Muntu, 1979)
  • New York Live! (Cadence, 1981)
  • The Intrepid Live in Poland (Poljazz, 1981)
  • Judy's Bounce (Soul Note, 1982)
  • The Athens Concert (Praxis, 1982)
  • Konstanze's Delight (Soul Note, 1983)
  • Nostalgia in Times Square (Soul Note, 1986)
  • Tri-P-Let (Eremite, 1996)
  • Fire in the Valley (Eremite, 1997)
  • New World Pygmies (Eremite, 1999)
  • Spirit House (Eremite, 2000)
  • Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys (Eremite, 2000)
  • New World Pygmies vol. 2 (Eremite, 2001)
  • Live at the Glenn Miller Cafe Vol. 1 (Ayler Records, 2002)
  • Live in Paris (Cadence, 2003)
  • Just Grew Orchestra Live at the Vision Festival (Ayler, 2003)
  • We don't (Eremite, 2003) - with Denis Charles
  • Two (Relative Pitch, 2012) - with Connie Crothers
  • The Zookeeper's House (Relative Pitch, 2014)


  1. ^ Such, David Glen (1993). Avant-garde jazz musicians: performing "out there". University Of Iowa Press. pp. 67–70. ISBN 978-0-87745-435-9. 

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