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Jim Moore, Drummer

 

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Jim started "formal" training on the drums at age eight with drum great Tony DeNicola, of Harry James, Charley Ventura fame. This, after years of tapping on everything in the house, according to his mother, Grace.
  Jim would spend the next twelve years with Tony being schooled in all styles
of the drum set, some timpani and vibes.

Very early experience, at age twelve, included playing a season with the Trenton Junior Symphony on drum set and timpani. Later teen years saw his involvement in summer theater playing in the pit orchestra for numerous Broadway shows.

Always a love for Jazz, many late nights were spent in Jazz clubs and jams meeting and playing with these great musicians, "a great experience".  This lead to a steady stream of gigs with some of the Trenton areas finest musicians including Paul Austin, John Ellis, Charley Naylor, Al Re, and Vince Giorgio to name a few, and sharing the stage with the incredible talents of Richie Cole, Gerald Price and Jay Corea.

Early on, Jim participated in a workshop for "Austin Associates", conducted by famous arranger Frank Hunter, this led to his being offered a position with the reforming " Jersey Pops Jazz Symphony", to fill the drum chair once held by the great Jim Chapin. Jim was also called for the "odd" gig of backing comedian Rip Taylor for three weeks of shows.

A change came and Jim found himself deep in the Country Rock scene, great bands and shows followed playing the stages from Atlantic City to Las Vegas and points in between, and opening shows for Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn and traditionalists Kitty Wells, Tillman Franks and David Houston.

Eventually Jim was asked to join the great band "Diamondback", featuring the amazing Jack Stanton, on steel guitar, and unbelievable, "master of the telecaster",
  "John" Paul Jones, aka, "JP". Jim would spend six years with Diamondback playing from northern New York to the Virginias with barely time off, working with stars Alan Frizzell, Buck Trent, Tom Grant, Darlene Austin, and opening shows for John Anderson, Willie Nelson, to name a few. The band did several cable television shows for the "Herb Sudson Show",  and played New York's famous Bottom Line.

 Jim says, "Diamondback... great memories."

After leaving Diamondback more great bands followed, Grynder Swytch, featuring vocalist Linda Sue Moore, Travlin' Jones, featuring Linda, JP, Tom Rasmussen on keys,  and Tom Arnold on bass. Cut and Dry Blues band, featuring "JP" on telecaster, and another truly great guitarist, Kevin Lafferty, on the Strat, both are now sadly gone, never to be replaced.
                         
The past few years has seen Jim freelancing in the styles of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and Country Rock. He has opened shows for rocker John Cafferty and country singer Neil McCoy, as well as working with such notables as  Joe Dalton, Danny Degenarro and Frank Dinunzio, guitar, Linda Moore, vocals, Mikey Junior on harmonica, Glen McClelland, keys, the Darla Rich Quartet, blues band The Luck Brothers and bassists Tony Sailor, Gary Balduzzi and the Ann Oswald Band.

Recently Jim had the distinct pleasure of working with Soul/R&B star  Freddie Scott of "Hey Girl" and "Are You Lonely For Me Baby" fame,  a great experience...

Jim also teaches, see: TEACHER

 

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SOME RECENT GIGS:

Laguna Grill & Rum Bar
Dan Burke Band
Scales
Gardiners Basin, AC 
Dan Burke Band
Motts Creek
Smithville NJ 
Dan Burke
Good Old Days Festival
Somers Point NJ  
Dan Burke
No Name Music Fest
West Creek NJ
Dan Burke
Black Cat
Absecon NJ
Dan Burke
Rio Restaurant
Galloway NJ 
Dan Burke Band
Pitney Pub
Galloway NJ
Dan Burke Band
Tropicana,  Wine Festival
Atlantic City
With Beth Tinnon & the AC
Showroom Jazz Ensemble
Pitney Pub
Galloway NJ
Dan Burke Band
High Point Pub
Absecon NJ
Dan Burke Band
Laguna Grill & Rum Bar
Brigantine NJ
Dan Burke Band
Private Party
Runnemede NJ
With Jim Mitchell
& The Repeat Offenders
Golden Nugget
Berlin  NJ
With Jim Mitchell
& The Repeat Offenders
Hawk Haven Winery
Cape May
Dan Burke Band
Laguna Grill & Rum Bar
Brigantine NJ,   6-10
Betsy's Back Yard Concerts
Northfield NJ
With Wicked Grin  ....
Ottawa based original Blues/Rock Band
2014 Maple Blues Award winner for
Best New Band.
And  special guest, Bridgett Kelly Bandginal roots rock/blues band.




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