Michael Moore (bassist)

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Michael Moore (born May 16, 1945 in Glen Este, Ohio) is an American jazz bassist.

Moore started on bass at age 15, at Withrow High School in Cincinnati, where he performed in various ensembles as well as the Presentation Orchestra in George G. "Smittie" Smith's famed The Withrow Minstrels. He played with his father in nightclubs in Cincinnati. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory, playing with Cal Collins and Woody Evans locally. He toured Africa and Europe with Woody Herman in 1966, and recorded with Dusko Goykovich while in Belgrade.

In the 1970s he worked with Marian McPartland, Freddie Hubbard, Jim Hall, Jimmy Raney, Bill Evans, Benny Goodman, Jake Hanna, Warren Vache, Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims, Ruby Braff, George Barnes, Chet Baker, and Lee Konitz. In 1978, he auditioned and was hired by Bill Evans after longtime bassist, Eddie Gómez had left the group and Evans was in transition with drummer, Philly Joe Jones. Moore however, left after 5 months due to dissatisfaction with the group. Late in the decade he began working with Gene Bertoncini, with whom he would play into the 1990s. In the 1980s he worked with Sims again as well as with Kenny Barron and Michael Urbaniak.

Moore was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet from 2008 until Brubeck's death in 2012.


As leader[edit]

  • Live at Carnegie Hall - 40th Anniversary Concert, Benny Goodman" (1978)
  • Two in Time (Chiaroscuro, 1989)
  • Roger Kellaway meets Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore (Chiaroscuro, 1992)
  • Plays Gershwin (1995)
  • The Intimacy of the Bass (with Rufus Reid) (Double-Time Records, 1999)
  • The History of Jazz, Vol. 1 (Arbors Records, 2000)
  • The History of Jazz, Vol. 2 (Arbors, 2002)

As sideman[edit]

With The Ruby Braff George Barnes Quartet

With Kenny Barron

  • 1+1+1 (1984)

With Art Farmer and Jim Hall

With Jimmy Raney and Doug Raney

  • Stolen Moments (Steeplechase, 1979)

With Bill Evans

With Gil Evans

With Dave Brubeck

With Jesse Green

With Kenny Davern and Joe Temperley

  • Live at the Floating Jazz Festival (Chiaroscuro, 2002)

With Blue Mitchell

With Phil Woods and Lew Tabackin