For more than a decade Joseph
Patrick Moore has been touring, recording, and establishing himself as an artist
with a unique voice and a diversity of talents. His skills as bassist;
composer; arranger; producer; author; educator and founding partner
Canoe Digital illustrate why he is a highly sought after musician.
Moore's music and creative vision echoe the spirits of Quincy Jones; Herbie Hancock and Miles to name a few.
Joseph Patrick Moore was born in Knoxville, Tn., on October 1,
1969. He was first introduced to music by his parents and sisters,
who encouraged him to study music through the public school's
band program. At the age of 7 Moore began his musical studies
on alto saxophone. His band director, Chet Hedgecoth,
was an early mentor giving young Joseph words of wisdom, practice
tips, and encouragement throughout his school years. Upon entering
high school, Joseph began playing drums in marching band while
continuing his saxophone studies. In his sophomore year he picked
up an electric bass and was immediately transfixed by the rumble
and thunder of the instrument. Soon thereafter the saxophone and
drums took the back seat against his passion for the bass. The
need and thirst for instruction led the emerging bassist to Rusty
Holloway, an alumnus of Woody Herman and instructor at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Holloway influenced Joseph to further his musical
studies at the college level. Securing a full academic scholarship,
Moore entered UTK with a concentration on electric and double
bass, majoring in classical studies and jazz performance. Under
the tutelage of Rusty Holloway; Donald Brown; Jerry Coker, and the rest of the talented UTK
music staff, Joseph remained there until 1991.
After two and a half years in Knoxville, Moore transferred to The University of Memphis in order to pursue more professional performing opportunities.Shortly after his arrival in Memphis,JPM was gigging nightly with The Charlie Wood Trio (a B-3 jazz and R&B soaked combo) on Beale Street at The King's Palace Cafe. During this time he continued to develop his skills through studio work, teaching, and performing. He worked with James Williams; Doug Wamble; The Memphis Groovetet; Marie Osmond; Jerry Lewis; Herb Ellis; Carol Channing, and many others. During this time he also received the prestigious Milt Hinton Scholarship to further his jazz studies. In 1996 Moore financed, arranged, and produced his first solo effort, "Never Never Land". It is an elaborate and inspired recording, thought to be one of the finest jazz albums to ever be recorded in Memphis. This debut cd received airplay nationwide, charted on CMJ, and Moore received a nomination for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences premier player award (Memphis chapter/April, 1997).
Later that year, Moore moved to his current home base in Atlanta. Soon after his arrival there he was snapped up by Capricorn recording artist Col. Bruce Hampton (and the Fiji Mariners). Cult legend and jamband guru Hampton regularly invited guest artists to sit in with the band, allowing Moore to network and create musical dialogues with icons such as Jimmy Herring; Warren Haynes; John Popper; Derek Trucks; Oteil Burbridge; Phish members Jon Phishman and Mike Gordon; Shawn Lane; Vassar Clements; Buddy Miles; Michael Ray, and many others.
After his tour of duty with
Col. Bruce, Joseph performed locally in Atlanta and on national
tours with the likes of Leo Neocentelli (Meters,
Neville Bros.) and the eclectic bluegrass fusion "hickhop"
band Blueground Undergrass. After two years with
Blueground Undergrass he closed out his stint with a farewell
performance at NYC's famed Bottom Line. And, during this period
Moore released two more cd's, this time more funk, world beat
oriented, entitled "Soul
Cloud" and "Alone Together".
Throughout the years 2003-2009,