born on 24/12/1956 in London, England, United Kingdom
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Ralph Moore (born December 24, 1956) is a jazz saxophonist.
Ralph Moore was born in London, England and grew up in a crowded inner city area. He showed no particular musical interest until his mother bought him a trumpet when he was 13. Moore studied with the late Alan Briggs, a local musician, in Brixton, and was soon sitting in with pub bands. Briggs had a tenor sax and Moore fell in love with the look of the instrument and soon made the switch.
In 1972 he moved to California to live with his American father, and graduated from Santa Maria High School where he played in the jazz orchestra and collected several music awards. In 1975 he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, where he studied with saxophonist Andy McGhee, and three years later received the Lenny Johnson Memorial Award for outstanding musicianship from the college.
He was launched on a professional career with a tour of Scandinavia, and later joined Frank Quintero for recording and a tour of South America. He moved to New York City in 1981 and within two months had joined the Horace Silver Quintet for an association that lasted four years and included tours of Europe and Japan. Subsequently, Ralph has worked with the quartet of drummer Roy Haynes, Charles Mingus Dynasty and, most recently, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. In the summer of 1987 he was preparing for another extensive overseas tour with Dizzy Gillespie's Reunion Big Band. On record he has already been heard with guitarist Kevin Eubanks, pianist Bill Mays, trumpeters Valery Ponomarev, Freddie Hubbard, and Roy Hargrove, Horace Silver, and with trombonist Jimmy Knepper on Dream Dancing. He is also featured on the Brian Lynch Sextet; and was a member of J.J. Johnson's quintet in the early 90's. Moore was featured on the 1991 Concord Jazz release, The Ray Brown Trio with Ralph Moore a Concord Jazz release, subtitled Moore Makes 4.
- 1985: Round Trip (Reservoir Records)
- 1987: 623 C Street (Criss Cross Jazz)
- 1988: Rejuvenate (Criss Cross)
- 1988: Images (Landmark Records)
- 1990: Furthermore (Landmark)
- 1993: Who It Is You Are (Savoy Records)
- Superblue 2 (1989, Blue Note Records)