- Lecturer, Jazz
When you speak to Eddie Moore you find an ocean of calm, and when you listen to Eddie Moore you find the depth of that ocean. Eddie reaches from the soul with every note, in a deep way, with a tension just below the surface. His yearning for exploration and curiosity in music contribute to an ebb and flow of freedom of expression.
Jazz runs deep in pianist and bandleader Eddie Moore's veins. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. As a lifelong musician traversing a number of bands and styles, he relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received an M.A in Jazz Studies.
While maintaining a busy tour schedule Moore resides in Kansas City where he is an integral part of the music community creating opportunities for up-and-coming jazz artists through his incubator Tribe Studios. As a Charlotte Street Fellow and member of the African America Arts Collective; He stays busy teaching several aspects of music through the University of Kansas, Metropolitan Community College, Future Jazz, Midwest Jazz Camp, and privately at The Culture House. After forming the Jazz/Fusion group Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle in 2012, diversity and inclusiveness have become to define Moore as an artist. His debut album, "The Freedom of Expression", was given 3.5 stars from Downbeat jazz magazine who has stated, "Moore's compositions exude a sophisticated soulful elegance that creates a tastefully fulfilling venture into a range of dynamic pieces, with the musicianship to match.”
Moore’s third album as a leader "Kings & Queens" incorporates elements of soul, r&b, rock, and hip-hop into his take on contemporary jazz. Released with Ropeadope Records, Moore’s forward-thinking sounds are part of the rich continuum of African-American music that continues to be imbued with indigenous African elements. The Outer Circle’s remarkable sensitivity and cohesive interplay reflect an unflinching groove. Featured in Jazziz Magazine, The Jazz Ambassadors Magazine, Nextbop, and The Pitch KC which describe the album as "Pulling the Kansas City Jazz scene into the 21st century" - Bill Brownlee
Moore is also a recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre-bending collaborations. 2017’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art “Artist in Residence” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for "007". His music has also been featured commercially for Sprint, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, and Morgan Cooper’s short film “Room Tone”
Moore’s expansive sensibilities have allowed him to share the stage and record with distinguished artists such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade, and the Fellowship, John Baptiste, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Dominique Sanders, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band.