RALPH MOORE

RALPH MOORE, SAXOPHONE

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist and has performed and recorded with the likes of Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson and Benny Carter’s Grammy-winning Harlem Renaissance album. Rupert toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers and recorded four albums in that time. He also toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson for a number of years.

Rupert has performed at world-renowned venues like the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National concert hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

As a composer and arranger, Rupert has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew Jr, Kevin Mahogany and Judy Carmichael. Rupert has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, all featuring original compositions and arrangements. Rupert’s latest release, Imagination, is a collaboration with pianist Richard Drexler.

Rupert is Pegasus Distinguished Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He’s also the founder of Flying Horse Records.Few musicians have the history and experience as tenor saxophone great Ralph Moore.  He has been a heavy-weight in the jazz world for decades.  His early influences such as John Coltrane can be heard in his tenor sax tone and styling. 

Born in London, Moore’s life has always been culturally rich.  Moving to the U.S. in 1970’s, Moore became a dedicated musician as a teenager.  After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Moore began the life of a jazz musician. He later received the Lenny Johnson Memorial Award for outstanding musicianship.

Moore has played and recorded music with an amazing list of musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Brown, Roy Haynes, J.J. Johnson, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, Oscar Peterson, Kenny Baron to name a few.  His passion and life-long study of the tenor sax can be felt in his music.  

Notably, Moore spent fifteen years playing tenor saxophone in the The Tonight Show Orchestra with Jay Leno. During that time, Moore collaborated with many musicians, jazz quartets and quintets. One in particular, aptly named “Escape from New York,” featured some of his Tonight Show band members, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and bassist Bob Hurst. 

Moore has released several albums for the Landmark (now 32 Jazz), Criss Cross, Concord, Reservoir and Savoy labels.  He can also be heard playing sideman on many other great jazz albums.  Ralph Moore has a solid, straight-ahead and inspiring style that puts him out front where he belongs. 

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