Jemeel Moondoc

Jemeel Moondoc (born August 5, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, United States)[1] is a jazz saxophonist who plays alto saxophone.[2] He is a proponent of a highly improvisational style.

Jemeel Moondoc
Moondoc performing at Studio Rivbea July, 1976
Moondoc performing at Studio Rivbea July, 1976
Background information
Born (1951-08-05) 5 August 1951 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsAlto saxophone, clarinet, piano
Websitehttps://www.jemeelmoondoc.com/

He studied clarinet and piano before settling on saxophone at sixteen. He became interested in jazz largely due to Cecil Taylor and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he was a student of Taylor's. After that he moved to New York City, where he founded "Ensemble Muntu" with William Parker, Roy Campbell, Jr., and Rashid Bakr.[1] The group also had its own Muntu record label, but eventually faced financial difficulties. In 1984, he formed the Jus Grew Orchestra, which secured a residency at the Neither/Nor club in the Lower East Side.[1] He worked with Parker again in 1998's album, New World Pygmies.[3]

DiscographyEdit

As leaderEdit

with the Jus Grew Orchestra

As sidemanEdit

with Denis Charles
with Steve Swell

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 291-2. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Such, David Glen (1993). Avant-garde jazz musicians: performing "out there". University Of Iowa Press. pp. 67–70. ISBN 978-0-87745-435-9.
  3. ^ "New World Pygmies - Jemeel Moondoc | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 30, 2021.

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