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
InstrumentsAlto saxophone, clarinet, piano

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]


As leaderEdit

with the Jus Grew Orchestra

As sidemanEdit

with Denis Charles
with Steve Swell


  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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