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.