|Born||5 August 1951|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Instruments||Alto 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. 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. He worked with Parker again in 1998's album, New World Pygmies.
- First Feeding (Muntu, 1977)
- The Evening of the Blue Men (Muntu, 1979)
- New York Live! (Cadence Jazz, 1981)
- The Intrepid Live in Poland (Poljazz, 1981)
- We Don't (Eremite, 1981; issued 2003) - with Denis Charles
- Judy's Bounce (Soul Note, 1982)
- The Athens Concert (Praxis, 1982)
- Konstanze's Delight (Soul Note, 1983)
- Nostalgia in Times Square (Soul Note, 1986)
- Tri-P-Let (Eremite, 1996)
- Fire in the Valley (Eremite, 1997)
- New World Pygmies (Eremite, 1998)
- Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys (Eremite, 2001)
- New World Pygmies vol. 2 (Eremite, 2002)
- Live at Glenn Miller Café Vol 1 (Ayler, 2002)
- Live in Paris (Cadence, 2003)
- Two (Relative Pitch, 2012) - with Connie Crothers
- The Zookeeper's House (Relative Pitch, 2014)
- Cosmic Nickelodeon (Relative Pitch, 2016) - with Hilliard Greene
- with the Jus Grew Orchestra
- with Denis Charles
- with Steve Swell
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 291-2. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
- Such, David Glen (1993). Avant-garde jazz musicians: performing "out there". University Of Iowa Press. pp. 67–70. ISBN 978-0-87745-435-9.
- "New World Pygmies - Jemeel Moondoc | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 30, 2021.