Ted Moore

Ted Moore

Ted Moore Trio/ Brasilia

Ted Moore is a musician, composer, arranger and educator based in Berkeley, California and leader of the Ted Moore Trio. Since graduating from the famed Eastman School of Music, including both his undergraduate and graduate studies, Ted Moore has pursued a career which has taken him to many parts of the world with many different artists. He is leader and composer for his own Brazilian jazz group, Brasilia, which released its first CD, River Wide, to national critical acclaim, and features such outstanding artists as Romero Lubambo on guitar and Phil Markowitz (Sax Summit Band) on piano. Brasilia was formed following Teds experience of living in Rio de Janeiro for two years, absorbing much of what this culture has to offer. Brasilia has performed at the Blue Note in NYC, Blues Alley, the Telluride Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and the Virginia Beach Jazz Festival to name a few. The group has also been performing in concert with several symphony orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony and the Oregon Symphony, performing symphonic arrangements written by Ted of the music from their CD.

Ted has performed on tour and in concert with Stan Getz, Paul Winter, Marian McPartland, Phil Markowitz, Eric Gale, Jack Wilkins, Gene Bertoncini, Joe Williams, Herbie Mann, Romero Lubambo, Billy Eckstine, and Joey DeFrancesco to name a few. On tour, Ted has performed throughout the US and Canada, as well as in Japan, Spain, England and Holland. He also spent two years living in Rio de Janeiro, performing as timpanist and percussionist with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and playing and recording with many well-known Brazilian jazz artists, including two recordings with one of Brazils greatest jazz sax players, Victor Assis Brasil. He has performed with three of the leading guitarists in Brazilian popular music, Helio Delmiro, Oscar Castro-Neves and Romero Lubambo. Recently, Ted published a collection of 17 original compositions in the style of Brazilian jazz called, œO Espirito do Brasil, some of which were recorded on his Brasilia, River Wide cd. Ted has also composed film scores for several independently produced films as well as several episodes of the NOVA series on PBS. He was also asked to compose the music for NOVAs 10th Anniversary PBS special comprised of highlights from the previous 10 years of the show. Ted has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Cathedral of St John in New York, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and in Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Currently, Ted is Director of the Jazz Department at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA, where he oversees ten small combos and four part time faculty members. Recently he has been performing along with pops conductor, Jeff Tyzik, with several symphony orchestras in the US and Canada, in the œNothin But the Blues show, with guest artists Wycliff Gordon and Byron Stripling. As a clinician, Ted has conducted drum set workshops at UC Berkeley, the Jazz School, Ithaca College, ASU, Northern Arizona State University, and the Lafayette Summer Music Camp, to name a few.

Ted Moore'S SETUP:

  1. 16" A Custom EFX
  2. 8" Splash
  3. 22" Constantinople Ride
  4. 16" Paper Thin Crash
  5. 22" Constantinople Flat Ride

* May be prototype

IN 3

Ted Moore's
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    What really keeps me going is the combination of playing and composing. I entered the Eastman School of Music as a Composition major and until this day I love the complimentary processes of playing and writing. Both drums and piano are always available in the practice room and both give me ideas for the other.


    Don't waste time comparing. Study the masters but only to find your own voice. No one can do exactly what you can do!!


    22" Constantinople Flat Ride on the left along with 22" Constantinople Ride on the right; an unbeatable combination.