Happy November 7th; The American trumpeter and bandleader Al Hirt was born on this day in 1922.
Because many people in our area may not know some of the better local jazz artists who perform regularly in our area I’ve been doing a “Who Is” opening in each of my recent articles. I’m deviating slightly in this article with a performer from Chicago:
Who is Taylor Moore?
I have seen this young lady perform twice recently at Jazz Central and was so impressed I decided to showcase her in this month’s Gabriel Foundation benefit concert this Saturday, November 10th.
While in kindergarten, she entered an Afro-centric after school program that offered the rhythms that had always been a part of her. Over the years, Taylor honed her skills playing classical music pieces as a member of the Kenwood Academy H. S. Concert and Marching bands. Her classical music training also included playing with the Protégé Philharmonic and the All-City Concert Band in Chicago, Illinois.
A lover of all kinds of music, this talented young lady branched out into jazz in her sophomore year, playing with the Kenwood Jazz Band and the Jazz Links Ensemble. Taylor was identified as a gifted percussionist and was a scholar in the Ravinia Jazz Scholars program in the Chicago Public School system.
This percussion phenomenon recently made her debut at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, a premier venue which has featured such jazz luminaries as Art Blakey, James Moody and Charlie Parker, among many. Taylor one of the youngest headliners ever at the club and one of the city’s most sought-after musicians also performed at this year’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival.
Taylor Moore has played with a multitude of great musicians like percussionist Shelia E., singer Patrice Rushen, world-class drummer Ndugu Chancler, jazz pianists Willie Pickens, Ken Chaney and Robert “Baabe” Irving III, gospel greats Andrae Crouch and Sandra Crouch, jazz singers Kurt Elling and Maggie Brown, legendary jazz organist Rueben Wilson, and blues guitarist Clarence Spadey. She has also been mentored by music legends such as world renowned percussionist/drummer, Steve Berrios and Grammy Award-Winning vocalist, Cassandra Wilson, just to name a few.
A college graduate, Taylor received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (Jazz Drumset) and Production from theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 15, 2011.
The rhythm that attracted Taylor Moore from infancy has become an integral part of her life. Her drumming has been called “crisp, passion-filled, expressive and all consuming.”
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Tonight Wednesday, November 7 – Tonight, for you dancers, the Lizz & Rex Quartet is at The Dayton Event Connection and Rich Lopez performs at Rigsby’s in Columbus.
Thursday November 8 – Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is at The Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati and Puzzle of Light closes the Vectren Jazz & Beyond series at the Dayton Art Institute. Stay tuned for when their next season begins in March of 2013.
Friday November 9 – Roderick Wilson & Friends perform at Al’s Smokehouse & Café while Terry Murphy and Company Band is playing The De’lish Café both in Dayton.
Saturday November 10 – Taylor Moore & Friends are doing a benefit concert for the Gabriel Foundation at Jazz Central and Bob Baldwin with Songstress Toni Redd is doing a benefit concert for WCSU-FM at Gilly’s both in Dayton.
Sunday November 11 – Byron Stripling Band plays Blues and Gospel at Gallagher Student Center Theater, XavierUniversity in Cincinnati and Dayton’s longest jazz jam continues at Jazz Central.
Monday November 12 – the John Taylor Trio is at the Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and the Clintonville Woman’s Club is hosting Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra in Columbus.
Tuesday November 13 – Park Street Tavern continues their Jazz Jam and the Tony Monaco Trio performs at The Rumba Café both in Columbus.
Wednesday November 14 – the Dave Cousino Trio performs at the Wright State’s Student Union Hearth Lounge inFairborn and Cuban Connections is at Sears Hall, Humanities Center University of Dayton.
Thursday November 15 – the Generations Big Band is back at Jazz Central in Dayton and Thompson House in Newport,Ky host Jane Bunnett & Hilario Duran w/ special Guest Candido.
Friday November 16 – Shawn Stanley Trio is at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville, OH and the Thompson House presents the Mike Wade Quintet in Newport, Ky.
Saturday November 17– the Jazz of the Month Clubpresents the Jamey Aebersold Quartet at the Cincinnati Public Library Atrium and the New Ed Moss Trio performs at Schwartz’s Point in Over-The-Rhine both in Cincinnati.
Sunday November 18 – Roderick Wilson will play at Huffies BBQ and John Hampton Wagner will host the regular Jazz Central regular Jazz Jam both in Dayton.
Monday November 19 – Tia Roseboro & Vernon Hairston is at the Old Bag of Nails in Columbus and Jazz Cab plays at The Greenwich in Cincinnati.
Tuesday November 20 – Sinclair Community College Jazz Ensemble performs at Blair Hall in Building 2 in Dayton and Tony Monaco Trio is at the Rumba Café in Columbus.
More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com