Reggie Moore: The First Recipient of the ICD Cultural Ambassador Award
The ICD is proud to announce Reggie Moore as the first ever recipient of the ICD Cultural Ambassador Award for his work in the field of Music as Cultural Diplomacy. Based in Berlin, pianist-composer-arranger Reggie Moore grew up in New York City, the son of Billy Moore, musician and arranger for the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra. He has toured Japan, the United States and Europe, recorded a number of albums for and worked with such renowned jazz greats as Anita O’Day, Johnny Hartmann, Betty Carter, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Gary Bartz, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson and Kenny Burrell - to name just a few. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff described Reggie as having a “strongly propulsive beat, crispness of articulation, and emotional directness”.
“As a colourist and mood maker, Mr. Moore draws predominantly from two sources to create his particular mix of hues: classical and jazz blues. Disparate as these may seem, he fuses them with the authority of a concert pianist and all the urgency of an inveterate blues man.
Chopin is a long-time favourite; the Romantic composers, by virtue of their obsessive search for myriad shades of mood and colour, have been an indirect influence...Mr. Moore kicks off a tune with a classically based improvised prelude, establishing a kind of tension that doesn’t find release until the melody is introduced.
Tension and release, in fact, are important components of his music. Metric shifts, simple lines, juxtaposed against wildly embellished ones, unpredictable improvisatory sections and beautifully resolved cadenzas all contribute to the tension-release effect.” (Procter Lippincott, the New York Times)
Since 1985 Reggie Moore has been living in Berlin, Germany, with his wife, jazz vocalist-composer Cornelia Moore, and their daughter Jessica. His unique art, which he himself calls “Communicable Music” and his dedicated teaching at the Jazz Institute Berlin/Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik, have been impacting the German jazz scene for the last 20 years.
“With his strongly propulsive beat, crispness of articulation, and emotional directness, Reggie Moore does indeed communicate to a wide range of listeners.” (Nat Hentoff)
HAS PERFORMED WITH
PeeWee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Buddy de Franco, Woody Shaw, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Benny Bailey, Hal Singer, Gene “Mighty Flea” Connors, Jimmy Woode, Benny Golson, Kenny Burrell, Gary Bartz, Cab Calloway, Mercer Ellington, Anita O’Day, Betty Carter, Johnny Hartmann, Dakota Staton, Brook Benton, Joe Lee Wilson, Sylvia Symms, Nancy Wilson, Eartha Kitt, Rudy Stevenson, Mack Goldsbury, Alvin Queen, Russel Bobby Evans, The Weather Girls, Joan Faulkner, Linda Hopkins, Clent Bowers, Angela Brown, “Detroit” Gary Wiggins, Jocelyn B. Smith, Rupert Holmes, Denise King, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Scott Hamilton, Abdu Salim, Jessie Sharps, Cornelia Moore, Dr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Devi, Yu Jun
PERFORMED WITH / ARRANGED FOR THE BIG BANDS OF
Count Basie, Mercer Ellington, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Savoy Dance Orchestra
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MUSICAL DIRECTOR / ARRANGER / COMPOSER FOR
HAS PERFORMED THE FOLLOWING SHOWS / PLAYS
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