Jun 11, 2013 - Jazz Depot Presents, “Father’s Day Salute: Thanks, Dad!”


          Quite a while ago—Mike Moore isn’t sure exactly when—plans were floated for a band composed entirely of father and son musicians to play a show for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. That idea sounded great to Moore and his son David, both of whom are highly regarded trumpeters. 

            “We heard about it, and we were excited about it,” Mike recalls.  Given the logical opportunity of Father’s Day this year, Mike and David thought it would be good to resurrect the family-band notion, and front a Jazz Depot show.

            Despite the fact that they both play the trumpet, David and Mike have found other opportunities to perform together. They held down a regular gig at a Tulsa restaurant, for instance, until the owner decided to stop featuring live music. They occasionally perform together in bandleader Leon Rollerson’s groups. And Sundays find them at St. Pius X Catholic Church with organist Michele Cowen, who goes back with Mike to the University of Tulsa.

            “We play during the Mass and we play special music,” Mike says. “Michele Cowen was formerly on the University of Tulsa faculty, and choir director Karen Gingrich is a TU graduate. There’s a connection among us all. For instance, Michele was the accompanist on David’s classical recitals when he was at TU.”

            David is now pursuing a master’s degree in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also plays locally with the Mark Sloniker Quartet. He just recorded a disc with Jeff Coffin, the saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, and Ryan Middagh, another sax man who’s an alumnus of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band.

            “It hasn’t been released yet, but it’s called Colorado Brews,” notes David. “Every tune on it is named after a different beer from Colorado.”

            Since David is only home in the summer, the opportunities to share a stage with his dad are limited – especially since David has also been working on and off around town with the likes of the Paul Benjamin Band, Mike Cameron, Ryan “Chips” Tedder, and Jordan Hehl. The latter is a member of the trio scheduled to play with Mike and David on the Father’s Day concert.

            “David wanted to hire our rhythm section, and I remember Miles Davis committing himself to print several times, saying, `Playing with younger players keeps you young, keeps you fresh,’” says Mike. “So he’s hired a rhythm section of younger players, good players, He’s got George Toumayan on drums, Jordan Hehl on bass, and Steven Schrag on piano.”

            According to David, the quintet plans to present a selection of jazz numbers old and new, chosen by him and his father.

            “We sat down together and threw tunes back and forth until we came up with a list,” he explains. “We’re going to do some more modern jazz, we’re going to do some older jazz, and we decided we wanted to pick a couple of tunes from albums that were recorded with two trumpets on the front line. So we’ll do `Moontrane,’ which was recorded by Woody Shaw several times, but once on an album with Freddie Hubbard where they played it together. And we’ll also do “Little Dancer.” It’s a Tom Harrell tune, and he recorded it on an album with John McNeil.

            As for standards, he adds, “We’ve got `Honeysuckle Rose’ and `There Will Never be Another You,’ and then my dad is going to be featured on `My Funny Valentine’ and I’m going to be featured on `Skylark.’

            “I’ve only met a handful of people who’ve gotten to do this kind of thing with other family members,’ David concludes. “It’s a great feeling to get up there and play this stuff with your dad.”

            Mike and David Moore’s Father’s Day show is set to begin at 5:00p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.  Tickets can be purchased at the Jazz Depot or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. General admission is $15, reserved table seating $20. Seniors and Jazz Hall members are admitted for $10, and high school and junior high students for $5.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

            The event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s Summer Concert Series.

            The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.