Joseph Patrick Moore

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Joseph Patrick Moore
Brown playing bass guitar
Moore in 2014
Background information
GenresJazz, electronica, rock, smooth jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record producer, arranger
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar, fretless bass, keyboards
Years active1996–present
LabelsBlue Canoe
Associated actsEarl Klugh, Bob James, Stewart Copeland, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Chris Duarte, Michael Tolcher, BlueGround UnderGrass

Joseph Patrick Moore (born October 1, 1969) is an American musician from Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a bass player, composer, arranger and record producer who has played alongside Colonel Bruce Hampton, Earl Klugh, Stewart Copeland, John Popper, and Derek Trucks.[1] In 2003, he founded Blue Canoe Records[2] the internet's first all-digital independent jazz label; he co-owns the label with Travis Prescott.[3]

Early years[edit]

Moore began playing alto saxophone at age 7 in public school. As a freshman in high school, he took up drums as a member of the marching band. He switched to the bass during his second year.[4] He has said that he was initially inspired by a recurring dream he had about playing the electric bass. He was influenced early by the playing of Paul Chambers, Jimmy Blanton, Ray Brown, and Ron Carter.[5]

One of Moore's first teachers was Rusty Holloway, an instructor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who himself had played with Woody Herman and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.[6] Heeding Holloway's advice, Moore enrolled at the university as a classical studies and jazz performance major, with a concentration on electric bass and double bass. He began playing in bands in Knoxville, including Without Warning (with Nick Raskulinecz) and Sage (with Travis Wyrick). After two and a half years, Moore transferred to the University of Memphis, to be in a city that provided more professional musical opportunities.[1]


Moore began playing nightly on Beale Street with The Charlie Wood Trio. He soon found additional work as a studio musician, teacher, and live performer. In 1996, Moore released his first solo album, Never Never Land, which he financed, arranged, and produced—at the time, an unusual move for a jazz musician.[4] That year, Moore was nominated for a Premier Player award by the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[7]

In 1997, Moore moved to Atlanta, where he has remained. He began playing there with Col. Bruce Hampton and his band the Fiji Mariners. As part of Hampton's band, Moore had the opportunity to play with a variety of accomplished guest musicians, including Warren Haynes, John Popper, Derek Trucks, Vassar Clements, and Buddy Miles.[1]

After releasing two more albums, Moore grew disillusioned with the "rat race experience" of shopping for a record deal and decided to start his own record label. He was inspired in part by the examples of musicians such as Ani DiFranco, Tony Levin, and Herbie Hancock. He also received some direct advice from Peter Erskine, drummer for the band Weather Report, who had also started his own label.[8]

Founded in 2003, Moore's Blue Canoe Records was the first independent jazz label to be an all-digital label.[3] Moore has maintained an active recording and touring schedule and played through the rest of the decade alongside a number of eminent musicians, including Stewart Copeland, Earl Klugh, Bob James, and Chris Duarte.[9] In 2010, Moore released To Africa With Love, an album that he also composed, arranged, engineered, and mixed. His latest release as leader is the EP XYZ Factor, released in December 2011. For the Dutch Radio Westerwolde he made a Radio Jingle for The Toppyjazz Radio Show.

In 2014/2015 he formed The RockTronix releasing a CD and DVD Documentary Movie titled, "Magnificent Obsession" on Blue Canoe Records. The documentary movie is listed on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Current work[edit]

Currently in 2016, Joseph is releasing "Decade II 2006-2015". "Decade II" is a remastered CD compilation of selected composition's recorded between 2006 through 2015 and is a follow up to "Decade 1996-2005".


As front man[edit]

  • Never Never Land (1996)
  • Soul Cloud (2000) (featuring Jimmy Herring and Yonrico Scott)
  • Alone Together (2002)
  • Drum & Bass Society, Volume One (2004) (featuring Jeff Sipe and Dan Matrazzo)
  • Live in 05 (2005)
  • Decade 1996–2005 (2006)
  • Pause (iTunes Exclusive) (2007)
  • Starbucking (soundtrack) (2007)
  • To Africa With Love (2010)
  • Path to Geshe (soundtrack) (2011)
  • XYZ Factor EP (2011)
  • Decade II 2006-2015 (2016)

As side man (selected)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Who Is Joseph Patrick Moore?". Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Digital Jazz Record Label Continues To Grow" (Press release). PRWeb. September 17, 2005. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Linda Seida. "Joseph Patrick Moore Biography". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  5. ^ " – Christmas Interview – with Dan Baraszu and JPM". November 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "UT Knoxville School of Music, Faculty & Staff". University of Tennessee. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  7. ^ Mark Jordan (February 27, 1997). "Music Notes". Memphis Flyer. Memphis, Tennessee: Contemporary Media.
  8. ^ Chris Burnett (May 18, 2004). "Joseph Patrick Moore – Drum N Bass Society". Music Dish e-journal. Astoria, NY: MusicDish LLC.
  9. ^ "Joseph Patrick Moore Career Highlights". Retrieved December 8, 2011.

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