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  • November 12, 2020 – 6:00 pm

Music at the Frist: Jazz Guitarist Geary Moore

  • Geary Moore in performance at the Nashville Jazz Workshop


A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Moore lived and performed in the New York Metropolitan area for a number of years and now lives in Nashville.  His fluid, inventive and authentic style attest to the thoroughness of his background in Jazz, R&B and Pop music.  An accomplished composer as well as a master technician, Mr. Moore has composed a repertoire of “In the Pocket” type of original tunes.  He has recorded an album writing and arranging most of the tunes on his premier recording.

Mr. Moore has performed with numerous highly respected musicians.  A protege of George Benson and Jimmy Ponder, he has performed with: Arthur Prysock, Peaches and Herb, Jon Faddis, Billy Drummond, Slide Hampton, T.S. Monk, John Lee, Bob Cranshaw, Mickey Roker, Phil Woods, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean, Regina Bell, David “Fat Head” Newman, Willis “Gator Tail” Jackson, Jimmy Anderson, Dave Ubanks, Steve Nelson, Steve Turre, Ruth Brown, Jimmy McGriff, Gloria Coleman, Harold Vick, John Patton, Reggie Workman, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joe Ford, Chuck Jackson, Bootsie Barnes, Groove Holmes, Don Patterson, Steve Colson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Blake, Jr., Yoran Israel, Connie Lester, Dave Stryker, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Earl May and Claudio Roditi.

His list of accolades and accomplished is both long and impressive:

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Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., US Jazz Ambassador with singer Melba Joyce.  One of seven duos selected from a nationwide competition of jazz duos.

Performed on two Platinum albums with the artist Joe, "My Name is Joe" and "All That I Am".

Musical Director Organ Jam Series at Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey featuring Rhoda Scott, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff to name a few.

Guitarist on albums for Jimmy Ponder (2), Don Williams (2), Lenny Roberts, Radamn Schwartz, Bradford Hayes, Lilly White and Greg Kilpatrick.

Guitarist on the gold album soundtrack for the movie "The Best Man"

Played and performed in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill", Crossroads Theater, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Played and performed in a play about the life of Nat King Cole, Albany, New York

Geary Moore's international appearances include:

Jazz Tour  to Israel with Singer Lou Watson

Jazz Cruise, transatlantic crossing on the Queen Elizabeth 2 from London with his trio featuring Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums.

Jazz cruise to Bermuda with Ruth Brown & Larry O'Neil.

Traveled and Performed in Mexico, the Bahamas, Martinique, St. Lucia, Haiti with the group Marion and Kim.

Traveled and performed in Africa with singer Melba Joyce.  Traveled to Angola, Cameroon, Namibia, Nigeria gave lectures and taught master classes.

Performances - United States

Giants of Jazz, South Orange, New Jersey with Jon Faddis, Billy Drummond, T.S. Monk, Mulgrew Miller and Jackie McLean

Newark Jazz Festival with George Benson

Organ Jam Series at Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey with Charles Earland and Rhoda Scott

Club Bene, New Jersey, Opened for Boney James

Sarah Vaughn Concert Super Jam with Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff.

Holiday Jazz Festival, Willingboro, New Jersey with Bootsie Barnes

Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. with singer Melba Joyce

New Jersey Talks, television show with Slide Hampton and Claudio Roditi

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