|Birth name||Theodore Burnett III|
|Born||March 22, 1968|
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Occupations||Musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator|
|Instruments||Tenor and soprano Saxophone, flute|
|Labels||Ayler, Utech, Straw2gold Pictures, KMB, 577|
Theodore Burnett III (born March 22, 1968, Brooklyn, New York), who performs under the name Ras Moshe, is a composer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in saxophone and flute. He is currently based in Brooklyn.
Moshe comes from a musical family. His paternal grandfather, Theodore Burnett (known professionally as "Ted Barnett”) played tenor and alto saxophone with bands led by Lucky Millinder, Earl Bostic, Don Redman, Louis Armstrong, and others. Moshe's father, Theodore Burnett II, also played saxophone.
"The name Ras came when I was around the Rastafarian community and playing in some reggae bands," he said in a 2014 interview. "Moshe is a name given to me when I was a little younger based on a religious conversion in the family."
After high school graduation, Burnett performed with African drummers and a Rastafarian band called the Drums of Freedom Troupe. He became a full-time musician in 1987.
Moshe has recorded and performed with William Hooker, Karl Berger, Stefan Christoff, Blaise Siwula, William Parker, Bill Cole's Un-tempered Ensemble, Marc Edwards, Rashid Bakr, Lisette Santiago, and other contemporary jazz artists. He has led or been a member of Izititiz, the Jesse Dulman Quartet, the Matt Lavelle Quartet, the Heritage Symphony Orchestra, the Ras Moshe Music Now Unit, the Ras Moshe Quartet, the William Parker Orchestra, and other ensembles.
He has recorded for the Ayler, Utech, Straw2gold Pictures, KMB, and 577 labels.
In 2005 and 2006, he released four albums on the Utech label, entitled Live Spirits, Vols. 1, 2, 3 and 4. (Volumes 1 and 2 were released under the name the Ras Moshe Music Now Unit.) The album Transcendence, by the Ras Moshe Quartet, was issued on the KMB Jazz label in 2007. In 2013, under his own name, he released the album Outsight, culled from three live New York City performances, on the Straw2Gold label.
- Minasi, Dom, "Getting To Know Ras Moshe," AllAboutJazz.com, April 2, 2014
- Bradley, Cisco, "Interview: Ras Moshe, JazzRightNow.com, March 10, 2014
- Lavelle, Matt, "It's Time: An Interview with Ras Moshe, NoSoundLeftBehind.com, January 28, 2014
- Minasi, ibid.
- Videos of Ras Moshe live performances at Bandmine.com
- Ras Moshe credits at Discogs
- Utech Records discography at Discogs.com
- Wetzel, Florence, "Ras Moshe: Outsight" (review), JazzRightNow.com August 17, 2013
- Bradley, ibid.