We are pleased to present you with the new www.JosephPatrickMoore.com website.
New and improved menu items include:
* Audio Players for all CD’s
* 73 Videos
* All Songs (119) added with description and info
* Community section
* Updated “Sideman” recordings
* Updated News section with “News Tags”
* Timeline with Career Highlights
* New Photo’s
and much more…
Catch JPM performing with jazz legend Earl Klugh on the 2010 Eric Clapton Crossroads DVD. Available now at Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Target +
Joseph appeared at The Atlanta Bass Gallery on September 11th, 2010. This performance/clinic was webcast live over the internet via LiveStream.com. This is the Q&A portion of this event.
Re: JPM Endorsement with NS Design
We are proud to announce that Joseph recently became an “official” endorser of NS Design electric upright basses. Read all about it at NS Design News by clicking here.
NOTES JOSEPH: “The CR4 is a beautifully crafted instrument. It sounds rich and warm like a true acoustic Double Bass, furthermore its playability is refreshing and inspiring. The CR4 is hands down the best electric double bass I have ever played” – JPM
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Re: Joseph Patrick Moore Storefront – JPM MERCH
We are pleased to introduce the New JPM StoreFront. We have many exclusive offers as well as free downloads.
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Re: Swaziland South Africa Documentary
Issue: Full length video divided into 3 sections
From July 15th through July 24th I spent time in South Africa, in particular The Kingdom Of Swaziland. My mission was to perform a series of shows at night and work during the day with a group called Heart For Africa. With that said, I believe it would be more effective for you to watch the video documentary, than for me to put into words (blog) about this incredible experience!
Date: June 26th, 2010
Original Post: Joseph Patrick Moore
Re: Earl Klugh at Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads Guitar Festival
Just finished performing with Earl Klugh at The Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. It was a total blast! Thanks to Earl Klugh for inviting me to perform with him and to Eric Clapton and The Crossroads Organization for having the vision of having a master jazz guitarist such as Earl to be apart of this year’s 2010 concert. Not enough words can express how appreciative and honored it was to be apart of such an event. I heard, witnessed and met so many incredible artists, that I’m still trying to absorb the experience. A few of these moments were captured with pictures and I’m attaching a few of them here. Additionally, the concert will be available on DVD in the coming months.
It should be noted that the main focus of this event is to aid The Crossroads Centre Antigua. Crossroads Centre is a non-profit, International Centre of Excellence for the treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions. Residential treatment provides a unique opportunity for individuals suffering from alcohol and drug addiction to immerse themselves in an intensive therapeutic and supportive environment. Away from the daily distractions of everyday life, the physical environment is one of peace and tranquility which offers clients a safe place to begin the process of recovery. In addition to alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, services include: intervention referrals, aftercare planning transitional living residences, and an integrated family program. For more information please visit and donate at: http://www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com/
Peace and blessings,
Joseph Patrick Moore
We are pleased to announce that Joseph Patrick Moore has recently become an official Aguilar Amplification Endorser.
Joseph has outfitted his bass rig with the following Aguilar products:
* DB 751 (pre/power amp)
* DB 115 (in monster green)
* DB 210 (in monster green)
* DB 112 (in monster green)
“I’m honored to be apart of the Aguilar family. Aguilar products are second to none and their artist relations department is first class! They truly are a bass company that cares not only about the products they produce, but also in developing lasting relationships with the players that use Aguilar products.” – Joseph Patrick Moore
Today (May 11th, 2010) my newest CD “To Africa With Love” is released on Blue Canoe Records. I’m so excited to share this recording with you and hope that you will check it out and enjoy!
As the title suggests, “To Africa With Love” is a collection of songs inspired by the magical enchantment of Africa, fused with my musical influences and American heritage. These audio vibrations are a snapshot of my life from June 2008 through the completion of this recording on February 11th, 2010. Through happiness and pain, this recording captures my daily journey of the many facets in the creative process. The composition, arrangement, performance, engineering, mix and overall production of this audio diary reflects my present musical and spiritual state.
Music has no boundaries and can not be separated by oceans, governments and principalities. Music has the power to uplift, connect, heal and create universal harmony for the human race. As God‘s vessel, each of us are on a spiritual journey to develop and embrace the gifts He has given to us. With these gifts we should be reminded to develop and share them for and with our fellow man. Each of our unique thumbprints should not be taken for granted but must be utilized for the greater good. It is my sincere hope that this CD captures and embraces this spirit, as it is the nucleus of every note and creative thought I relay to you.
This CD would not have been possible without the following artist’s who added their unique thumbprint to this recording:
Tyrone Jackson (keys)
Brian Carl (guitar)
Wayne Viar (drums/percussion)
Charlie Wood (vocals)
Seth Condrey (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Chinua Hawk (vocals)
Abbes Bouzefrane (vocals)
Ken Love (mastering)
To Listen, Hear, Watch, Buy visit
Joseph Patrick Moore
Joseph was recently interviewed by Bob Carter of Bob’s Music Connection. In this three part video interview, Joseph discusses his newest release To Africa With Love as well as his upcoming tour with Earl Klugh, Bob James and many other past/future musical adventures. Check out the video interview below or visit Bob’s Music Connection.
Cartersville, GA: 5/11/2010: – The Daily Tribune has a nice feature interview about Joseph and Blue Canoe Records.
BLUE CANOE RECORDS FOUNDER RELEASES CD, HELPS PROMOTE FELLOW JAZZ ARTISTS
Author: Marie Nesmith Features Editor
Date: May 10, 2010
Section: Local News
In his CD “To Africa with Love,” jazz musician Joseph Patrick Moore draws from his fascination of Africa for his inspiration, fusing the continent’s rhythms with his own Southern heritage. “It’s mostly instrumental but there are four songs that feature four different vocalists,” said Moore, a resident of White since 2003. “This is my eighth CD and this was something that I’ve really never done before in that I pretty much recorded, mixed, engineered, produced. I really [wore] all the hats in putting the project together and it took quite a while to do that. But that being said, there are 13 songs on it.
“Eleven are original tunes and two are cover songs. I did play all the bass. If you listen to some of the songs there’s a lot of multi-takes or multi-tracks going on, where I might play like the lead bass line or the melody line underneath the bass chords sprinkled in with I have some other musicians who participated with it as well,” he said, referring to Brian Carl, guitar; Wayne Viar, drums and percussion; and Tyrone Jackson, keys.
To be released on Tuesday, “To Africa with Love” is being physically and digitally distributed by Moore’s record label, Blue Canoe Records, which the 40-year-old musician co-owns with Travis Prescott. The CD currently is being pre-sold on Amazon.com for $11.99 and an MP3 album is available at the Amazon MP3 Downloads store for 99 cents.
“I would say [he’s] pretty versatile. It’ s kind of hard to pin down his sound,” said Prescott, who lives in Austin, Texas. “He started out years ago like a lot of guys playing rock music and pretty quickly moved to jazz. But he’s always kept his finger in a lot of different pies and you can tell that if you listen to his latest release coming out. It starts out doing a very upbeat version of a classic song and then goes quickly into smooth jazz and then he does straight-ahead jazz, which a lot of guys steer away from.”
Founded by Moore in 2003, Blue Canoe Records is based out of his residence and represents nearly 30 artists from across the globe. Along with distributing the CDs, the label puts it into the hands of radio DJs, searches for song placement in TV shows and provides materials for social media, such as electronic press kits and videos for YouTube.
“He understands what artists need and what they want and that’ s kind of how I think he got interested in it was he wanted to start a collective or sorts where musicians could draw on each other for inspiration and actual physical support when they were doing recording and performing,” Prescott said. “But it grew pretty quickly because the way he sets it up is he lets them keep all their earnings, which is very unusual. You [generally] don’t see that.
“The very stereotypical bad record label thing — he steered away from and because of that I don’t think either one of us is going to get rich. He just loves what he does and he’s passionate for it. I think artists are drawn to it and I think with all the Grammy Award winners that we’ve got on the label performing or actually being out front in some of the releases that we’ve done is kind of evidence of that.”
For Moore, Blue Canoe’s ability to provide musicians exposure who previously were “under the radar” is one of his favorite aspects of being the label’s artistic director.
“… some of these artists that we’ve taken on we’re able to provide them a little bit maybe more than they could themselves,” Moore said. “Partly because we have the distribution. We have the radio and press contacts. It really is rewarding and the other side of it is, [it is] rewarding on an emotional and spiritual level. The reality is because Blue Canoe is mostly jazz-based music, jazz typically only sells about 3 percent of the marketplace, so the audience for jazz is not very strong, just to put it mildly.
“So on a financial level I think for any jazz label [it is] kind of a challenge. There’s not as many opportunities with that, that might come with a rock or a country artist. So I don’t know necessarily if financially it has been rewarding. But outside of that, on just a personal level and seeing some of the positive things that have come [to] some of these artists’ careers, that has been extremely rewarding.”
For more information about Moore, visit JosephPatrickMoore.com or BlueCanoeRecords.com. In the near future, he also will be releasing a DVD documenting the making of “To Africa with Love.”
Copyright 2010 The Daily Tribune News, All Rights Reserved.
I wanted to personally blog and tell you about a concert I will be involved with on April 26th, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. I will be part of the “house band“performing with Earl Klugh, Boney James and Mindi Abair. This is a special 1 night event to raise awareness/money for ALS research and jazz personality Deborah Lewow who was recently diagnosed with this horrible disease. Deborah was instrumental in helping Earl, Boney and Mindi’s career.
Please join us with an evening of great music! All proceeds from the concert will go to ALS research/Deborah Lewow. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.
Joseph Patrick Moore
Joseph will be joining Earl Klugh, Boney James, Mindi Abair for an evening at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. This is a special one night only concert with ALL PROCEEDS benefiting ALS Research and Deborah Lewow, a woman instrumental in the successful careers of many contemporary jazz artists. Other musicians will include Yon Rico Scott (drums), Joey Somerville (trumpet), Derek Lee (keys) and Eric Essix (guitar).
Check out a live TV appearance from April 19th, 2010 on Fox 5 Atlanta, GA to help promote the concert and bring awareness about ALS. This live clip features: Earl Klugh (guitar), YonRico Scott (drums), JPM (electric/upright bass).
"To Africa With Love “Single” (featuring Seth Condrey) is released today. Fans of Joseph’s more fusion based jazz music may be surprised to hear this original tune, co-written with former Dove Award winner Seth Condrey (vocals). This song is very reminiscent of U2/Coldplay and is part of the CD collection “To Africa With Love” scheduled for release on May 11th, 2010 on Blue Canoe Records.
The title track from Joseph Patrick Moore’s upcoming CD – “To Africa With Love” will be available at JPM’s official store, itunes, Amazon.com, Emusic.com and many others on April 13th, 2010. The full CD will be available on May 11th, 2010.
I’ve been busy completing my 8th CD titled – “To Africa With Love“. The mastering was completed by Ken Love at MasterMix in Nashville, TN on February 11th, 2010.
I’m so excited to share this new CD!! The release date(s) are as follows:
* “To Africa With Love“ (single – featuring Seth Condrey): to be released on April 13th, 2010
* “To Africa With Love” (full CD – 13 songs): to be released on Blue Canoe Records on May 11th, 2010
ORIGINAL POST BY: Joseph Patrick Moore
Years ago I scribbled several quotes that really effected my outlook on music, creativity and life. Recently, I found this paper of quotes in a shoebox of memories. While I do not know the author, I thought it was worth blogging/posting and sharing this:
"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful - yourself."- author unknown
JPM has been added to the PoliceFans.org website as it relates to his performance with Stewart Copeland (Savannah, GA 2008). READ POST
The PoliceFans.org is a website dedicated to The Police and all things regarding Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers as well as sideprojects they have undertaken. The website is an “un-official site” fan website.
JPM recently joined forces with Analysis-Plus Cables.
” It amazes me that players will spend a fortune on instruments, speakers, pre/power amps and yet with all that high end gear, they will use a cheap instrument/mic cable to connect the source. I’ve experimented with many of the “name brand cables” and nothing holds a candle to the Analysis Plus Bass and Yellow Oval Cables. If you think cables don’t matter, plug in and listen to the AP cables. Analysis Plus is the bomb!” – Joseph Patrick Moore
Original Post by Joseph Patrick Moore
It has been a while since I’ve made a personal blog post, as I’ve been extremely busy with many exciting projects. We hope to announce these in the coming months so stay tuned.
In the meantime, I wanted to post an issue that is very important to me. In this current state of economic/political discourse and with many changes in the air, I believe it is important to address a movement/opportunity/position that could benefit all of us. This job is a “Secretary Of The Arts” Government cabinet position. The idea of this position is to build awareness and support creative artists, through support of its creators – the artists themselves. With this cabinet post, it will demonstrate the fundamental importance of art, human well being and create the space and resources in which it can flourish. With your help, we can make this a reality.
Quincy Jones and Jaime Austria initiated the idea and it has been spreading among artists/blogs throughout the world wide web. I would encourage each of you to: SIGN THE PETITION
Thank you for your consideration.
Original Post by JPM:
In August of 2008, guitarist Dan Baraszu and I went in the studio for two days to record a live jazz duet Christmas CD. Today it has been released on Blue Canoe Records. It was honor to be able to record in an intimate setting with one of my favorite guitarist’s who happens to be a dear friend.
At first I thought this would be an easy recording project, but the more I started working out the arrangement’s in pre-production, I knew it would be quite an undertaking. Recording in a duo setting (avoiding an over-produced CD) was a very eye opening experience. The stillness and nuance required in capturing a clean performance was ever more present. Every breath, string buzz, room noise, movement was amplified once we started adding compression and effects. In a sense, this was a very naked and bare recording with no other instruments to mask the inconsistencies of our performances (particularly drums). Capturing a great performance, minus all the ambient noises was probably the biggest hurdle we had to overcome.
Secondly, how many times have we heard the vast catalog of Christmas music from multiple artists over the years? Trying to re-arrange these “standard” tunes was in and of itself a challenge. The goal of course was to try and come up with something new or create a fresh unique approach to these classic songs. All in all, recording in this duo environment with Dan was a blast. I hope each of you will enjoy the CD as much as Dan and I had in performing/recording it.
If you would like to listen, stream, download a free song or buy the full CD, click here
Q. What inspired you to first pick up the guitar/double bass and what were your first attempts at playing these instruments?
A. Dan: My dad, although he didn’t play an instrument, was a big music fan with great taste and a huge collection from just about every genre of music. He always had his stereo going in the house, so I learned to love music at an early age. I played the tennis racket for a while until moving up to the real thing. The first guitar I had was a cheap little rental that came in a cardboard box. Having horrible action, it was really hard to play. So my first attempts were discouraging. But I kept playing it until my parents bought me an electric for my tenth birthday. My grandfather and his brother both played and they insisted I have a Gibson and I got a Gibson Sonex guitar. I loved that guitar and played it incessantly. My brother and I formed our first band that same week. He was the drummer, playing on pots and pans to begin with.
A. JPM: I was inspired from a recurring dream about playing bass. I know that it may sound trite, but it’s true. I started on the electric bass guitar and had been playing for about a year before picking up the double bass. While the electric and double bass are two different animals, starting on the electric gave me a head start in learning my notes and getting comfortable playing on all strings.
Q. Dan did you take lessons or are you self-taught?
A. Dan: After getting an electric guitar I started taking weekly lessons at a local music store. I pretty much kept taking 1-2 lessons a week from a number of different classical, jazz or rock teachers in the metro Detroit area until going to college, where of course I also took private lessons.
Q. Joseph, who inspired you to learn the Double Bass?
A. JPM: My first teacher was Rusty Holloway (Knoxville, TN). Rusty started me with proper technique/hand positioning/arco development etc. etc. At first, I would say Rusty inspired me to learn. As I started listening to bass masters on various recordings, I fell in love with Paul Chambers, Jimmy Blanton, Ray Brown, Ron Carter.
Q. How did you guys decide to record a Christmas record and what can we expect from “Christmas Time Is Here”?
A. Dan: Is it not a requirement to make a Christmas recording at some point? I think our recording, Christmas Time Is Here, is a unique contribution for Christmas music loving audiences everywhere.
A. JPM: Dan and I had been doing several private gigs over the last few years around the Christmas season and many of the clients were requesting Holiday tunes. At some point, Dan and I discussed how we should record and document what we were doing, hence this CD recording “Christmas Time Is Here”.
Q. This is a duo recording, why or how did you decide to have this as the CD concept?
A. Dan: We have been talking about doing a duo cd for about a year. Initially we were thinking about doing original tunes but that kind of morphed into a Christmas recording. I love playing duo with a bass player and there have been some great recordings done in the past. “Chops”, from Joe Pass and Neils Henning Orstead Pederson is really great as well as “Alone Together”, with Jim Hall and Ron Carter. JPM and i have played a lot of gigs together in this format and it is always a blast.
A. JPM: It was born out of gigs that we were playing around the Christmas season. Most of the jobs were in fact duo performances. This naturally opened the door for the idea of this recording.
Q. Lets talk about your creative process. How do you approach arranging standard songs like public domain Christmas music?
A. Dan: Like any song I would arrange, I’d start with the melody. This is the most recognizable part of the song and I would leave this in tact as much as possible (with slight rhythmic variation). Then I would start reharmonizing the melody from scratch to see what I could come up with, and maybe alter the feel and tempo.
A. JPM: My main goal for the songs that I was arranging, was to try to achieve a different feel/style approach on each song. This was a great challenge as much of the Christmas catalog has been recorded and documented countless times over the last hundred years. I explored re-harmonization and tried to add a slightly unexpected feel to the song. By the nature of us playing in a duo setting, I knew it was automatically going to be different as we didn’t have a lot of production and other players to rely on. The duo setting set some arrangements in motion and the music mostly dictated what was required from us. Playing in a duo setting and this recording is one of the most challenging recording projects I’ve ever undertaken.
Q. There is a large catalog of Christmas music available. How did you decide on the final list of tunes that were recorded for this project?
A. Dan: Joseph and I each picked around 10 tunes that we wanted to play for this project. The tunes that I brought were more or less simple arrangements that I play on certain gigs during the holidays. Josephs arrangements were much more elaborate and creative in my opinion. My favorite one that he arranged is “We Three Kings”.
A. JPM: I have several Christmas songbooks. I spent about three weeks playing every Christmas song known to man. I made a list of all the songs that really appealed to me or those songs that I felt could lend well in a duo setting. Once I had my master list of tunes, I narrowed it down and picked about half of the tunes on the recording and started re-arranging them.
Q. Dan, what is the most important bit of advice you could give to new guitarist players?
A Dan: Listen to as many different kinds of music artists you can. Go out and hear it live as this is an aural art form and it is learned by ear. Find what you like and learn it note for note. Listen to it, play it, understand it, assimilate it and love it. I also suggest taking lessons. A good teacher can add structure to your practice routine and they can help you overcome your weaknesses as well as a great source of inspiration. Find every resource you can about music and guitar. Study it and learn how to be your own teacher.
Q. Joseph, what is the most important bit of advice you could give to new double bass players?
A JPM: Find a teacher and study privately. Develop good habits from the beginning. Listen and learn to read music.
Q. Thanks for your time and consideration for this article and interview. Any last thoughts for our readers?
A. Dan: Rock on!
A. JPM: 1/20/09-Ho, Ho, Ho!
Original Post by: Joseph Patrick Moore
Well here we are, a day I thought couldn’t arrive fast enough. I admit it and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m not a “W” fan. A fan of Washington/Wilson, but the modern day “W” has been a disaster at every level in my humble opinion. Name me one thing that “W” and his administration did that was positive for this country and our world? From the previous 42 president’s, I can name positive accomplishments even if I didn’t agree with their ideological views. I mean even Nixon achieved positive accomplishments despite his personal and tragic demons. Ok, Ok–I guess if I’m honest, I can say that “W” has been generous with contributions to Africa and for that I’m grateful. This is the only issue in eight years I agree with “W”. Regretfully however, he missed the mark on Darfur and that is a said chapter in the book of Bush. One of the main reasons why Bush has a been a disaster for this country is that he has been a “reactionary” President. Often acting ‘after the fact’ and often with poor and destructive choices. Like our founding fathers, we need leaders who are “visionaries” and have “foresight” and can literaly advance the ball. In football, they call this “offense”. No team ever wins just because they rely on a great defense. You need to have a strong vision of where you want to advance your causes and be willing and abel to adjust your defense accordingly.
I’m writing this blog not to bash Bush, nor to give my endorsement to Obama or McCain. I have already voted and I don’t think it’s necessary for me to publicly display whom I support. I made up my mind and voted for who I think is best suited for this country at this point in our history. Let’s be honest, do endorsements from actors, musicians, entertainers really make a difference? When Hollywood stars or musical artist’s come out to support certain candidates, does that make you rush out and vote for them simply because someone whom you respect and admire throws their support behind such candidates? It never has for me…
I (like many of you), beat to my own drum. I have my own personal issues and circumstances that persuades and pulls me in a direction that I feel comfortable with. Point blank, I am an Independent and I’m not beholden to one party or another. I’m conservative on some issues and very liberal on others. I vote with a clear conscience with the issues that matter most to me. So with this said, my message today is directed to you “undecided voters”.
I saw several recent polls that suggested that nearly 7% of the population is still undecided. Are you kidding? One day before the most important election of our lifetime and a percentage of American’s still don’t know who they are going to vote for? In a day and age where we have instant access to “official” websites, thousand’s of political blogs, video sites, 100’s of cable tv channels, talk radio and the like – how can 7% of American’s still be undecided? Let’s face it, after one of the most dreadful period’s in American history, how can anyone still not have a clue on whom to vote for. All one needs to do, is to spend a few hours searching out each candidates stances on the issues and watch, read and educate themselves. This election has only been running for twenty-one months now. Nearly fourty something debates (between both parties) and more talking heads, opinions and bloggers than every in our American History. How can anyone that has been paying the least bit of attention, still not have a clear opinion?
Today is your day to take a stand! If you don’t vote, you should be ashamed of yourself. In my book, your a loser! People fought, died and bled ruby red for everyone of us to pull that lever to advance the freedom and domocracy that we hold so sacred to our constitution. Every four years (and on the first Tuesday in November), this is the one day in our country where the likes of Donald Trump and the local janitor have an equal say. We each have an obligation and a duty for the sake of our fellow man to educate ourselves and MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. We have a duty and an obligation from our founding forefathers and for future generations, to take a stand on behalf of the sacrifices that have paved the way for this great country, thus keeping the engine of democracy moving forward.
If you don’t know who to vote for, I feel sorry for you. Go back to your American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and your Reality TV…I guess with that, you can make your decision. If your one of those people that can’t spend a few hours to educate yourself to make an informed decision on our future, I sincerely request that you please don’t buy my music!
My last thought and comment on this Historic Day: 1-20-09:)
Peace…and God Bless the USA.
JPM produces compilation for Blue Canoe Records. This compilation titled, “Look What The Cats Drug In – Volume 1″ is an audio recording featuring The Modern Jazz Stylings Of Blue Canoe Recording artists. This CD will be released on September 16th, 2008.