We The People
Black American Music runs deep in pianist and bandleader Eddie Moore's veins. Raised in Houston Texas, he began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he later earned a Bachelors in Arts and immersed himself in the Houston music scene. As a lifelong musician traversing a number of bands and styles he relocated to Kansas City to study under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received an M.A. in Jazz Studies.
After forming fusion group Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle in 2012, diversity and inclusiveness have become to define Moore as an artist. His debut album,"The Freedom of Expression", was given 3.5 stars from Downbeat jazz magazine who has stated “Moore's compositions exude a sophisticated soulful elegance that create a tastefully fulfilling venture into a range of dynamic pieces, with the musicianship to match.”
Moore’s third album as a leader "Kings & Queens" incorporates elements of soul, r&b, rock and hip-hop into his take on contemporary jazz. Released with Ropeadope Records, Moore’s forward-thinking sounds are part of the rich continuum of African-American music that continues to be imbued with indigenous African elements. The Outer Circle’s remarkable sensitivity and cohesive interplay reflect an unflinching groove. The album was featured in Jazziz Magazine, The Jazz Ambassadors Magazine, Nextbop, and The Pitch KC, and Kansas City-based music critic Bill Browlee described the album as "pulling the Kansas City jazz scene into the 21st century."
Moore is the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Award for his genre bending collaborations, and the 2017 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Artist in Residence,” in collaboration with Rashid Johnson. In 2018 his work with The Outer Circle was nominated for an Indie Music Award for the song "007".
Moore’s expansive sensibilities have allowed him to share the stage and record with distinctive artists such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Boys II Men, Brian Blade and the Fellowship, Jon Batiste, Erykah Badu, Mosdef, Bilal, Ledisi, Chantae Cann, Krystal Warren, Roy Hargrove, Janelle Monae, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Various Blonde, Johnny Good, 77 Jefferson, and the Marcus Lewis Big Band.
We The People is the new iteration of Moore’s creative genius. A power trio with a DJ, this group’s heavy sound will take the listener on a journey of emotions. With Zack Morrow on drums, Jason Emmond on bass, Kethro on 1’s & 2’s, and Moore on keys, these gentlemen take music way beyond what we know as “jazz”.