For Jazz pianist Eddie Moore, the gift of music was imparted on him at an early age. At the urging of his mother, an accomplished singer, Moore started playing piano at the age of four. While immersing himself in the classical genre he was introduced to Jazz legends such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane by his father and heavily influenced by the hip-hop, punk, and neo-soul music of his generation. These influences have informed the eclectic expression of his musicianship. His creative spirit bleeds through genres while his style of improvisation follows in the lineage of the jazz masters.
Moore’s musical journey has led him to study under legendary saxophonists Bobby Watson and Horace A. Young. He also showed his promise as a keyboardist in the Houston-based alternative soul group Neon Collars. During his time in the group, they shared the stage with the Robert Glasper Experiment, Ledisi, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Mos Def, “K” from the hip-hip group The Foundation, as well “Soul” recording artist Ayah.
As a Jazz pianist he has performed with Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Andre Hayward and Book of Gaia( which includes Angela Hagenbach, Nedra Dixon and Pamela Watson). Moore also showed his versatility as Music Director for the musical ‘Olu’s Dream’ inspired by the children’s book of the same name by author Shane Evans.
As a leader Moore's group the Outer Circle has made a strong statement with the release of The Freedom of Expression. "Moore's compositions exude a sophisticated and soulful elegance." -Downbeat, which also gave the debut 3.5 stars. The Outer Circle was recently featured at Rhythm & Ribbs Jazz Festival (Kansas City, MO-2012, and 2013) and the Katy Jazz festival (Houston TX,2013). In November 2013 Moore traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica sharing original Kansas City Jazz with a host of extraordinary local musicians. Which in conjunction with El Sotano will release, Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle live at El Sotano coming soon.
Currently Moore resides in Kansas City where he holds a M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He teaches piano privately while playing jazz on the local Kansas City.