Don Moye

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Don Moye
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Don Moye at the 2017 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Background information
Birth nameDonald Moye, Jr. [1]
Also known asFamoudou Don Moye
Born (1946-05-23) May 23, 1946 (age 76)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s)Musician
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
Years active1960s–present
Labels Black Saint, AECO

Donald Moye, Jr. [1] (born May 23, 1946), [2] known as Famoudou Don Moye, is an American jazz percussionist and drummer. He is most known for his involvement with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and is noted for his mastery of African and Caribbean percussion instruments and rhythmic techniques. [3]

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Early life and education

Moye was born in Rochester, New York, United States, [1] and performed in various drum and bugle corps (including the Rochester Crusaders [1] ) during his youth, as well as church choir. Moye has commented that he really "didn't have an affinity for the bugle… and just kind of gravitated towards drums." [4] He also took violin lessons during this time. Moye was exposed to jazz at an early age since his mother worked for a local social club, that had a jazz club next door, which hosted musicians such as Kenny Burrell and Jimmy McGriff. His family was also musically inclined; his uncles played saxophones and his father played drums. Also, his mother used to take him to various performances as a child, such as "opera under the stars" and to see Mahalia Jackson. [4]

Career

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Don Moye

Moye went on to study percussion at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. [2] Moye lived in a building with trumpeter Charles Moore, who became his mentor. Moye also played in the groups African Cultural Ensemble, which included musicians from African countries such as Ghana, [4] and Detroit Free Jazz, [2] which was Moore's band. It was at this time that he first encountered the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) due to the revolving door of musicians in and out of Moore’s residence. In early 1968, Moore’s band traveled to Europe and Moye decided to live there for the next couple of years, touring and visiting the continent as well as Northern Africa.

Art Ensemble of Chicago and The Leaders

By 1969, the AEC had become a quartet of Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman (saxophones), Lester Bowie (trumpet) and Malachi Favors Maghostut (bass), with no full-time drummer though all the musicians doubled on various percussion instruments. The group crossed the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Europe to perform throughout the continent. Moye at the time was rehearsing and performing in Paris, France, at the American Center for Students and Artists, where musicians such as Art Taylor and Johnny Griffin practiced collectively. When Mitchell met with Moye again at the Center, he asked Moye to join his group, which was already known as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, [2] and had issued several recordings, including three releases on the European label BYG Actual. These recordings did feature percussion but all percussion was played by Mitchell, Bowie, Favors, or Jarman.

After Moye returned to the States in the early 1970s, he played with the Black Artists Group in St. Louis, Missouri before settling in the Chicago, Illinois area. He was also in a duo with fellow percussionist Steve McCall who later was a member of Air with Henry Threadgil while still playing with the AEC. In the mid-1980s, Moye joined The Leaders, a jazz group consisting of AEC member Bowie, Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Cecil McBee, and Kirk Lightsey. [2] Moye has also recorded numerous solo albums as leader of his own band. Moye toured and recorded again with the AEC in the 1990s, which was dealt a blow with the 1999 death of Bowie. Moye refers to his own style of drumming as "Sun Percussion". Other groups he led in the 1990s include the Joseph Jarman/Famoudou Don Moye Magic Triangle Band and the Sun Percussion Summit (with Enoch Williamson), the latter of which was "a group dedicated to exploring the traditions of African-American percussion music." [5]

Recognition

Discography

As leader or co-leader

With the Art Ensemble of Chicago

TitleYearLabel
Chi-Congo 1970Paula
Les Stances a Sophie 1970 Nessa
Live in Paris 1970 Freedom
Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass 1970 America
Phase One 1971America
Live at Mandell Hall 1972 Delmark
Bap-Tizum 1972 Atlantic
Fanfare for the Warriors 1973Atlantic
Kabalaba 1974 AECO
Nice Guys 1978 ECM
Live in Berlin 1979 West Wind
Full Force 1980ECM
Urban Bushmen 1980ECM
Among the People 1980Praxis
The Complete Live in Japan 1984 DIW
The Third Decade 1984ECM
Naked 1986DIW
Ancient to the Future 1987DIW
The Alternate Express 1989DIW
Art Ensemble of Soweto 1990DIW
America - South Africa 1990DIW
Thelonious Sphere Monk with Cecil Taylor 1990DIW
Dreaming of the Masters Suite 1990DIW
Live at the 6th Tokyo Music Joy 1990DIW
Fundamental Destiny with Don Pullen 1991AECO
Salutes the Chicago Blues Tradition 1993AECO
Coming Home Jamaica 1996Atlantic
Urban Magic 1997 Musica
Tribute to Lester 2001ECM
Reunion 2003 Around Jazz/Il Manifesto
The Meeting 2003 Pi
Sirius Calling 2004Pi
Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City 2006Pi

With The Leaders

As sideman

With Hamiet Bluiett

With Kenny Clarke, Andrew Cyrille, and Milford Graves

With Chico Freeman

With Julius Hemphill

With Joseph Jarman

With Cecil McBee

With Marcello Melis

With Don Pullen

With Alan Silva

With Sirone

With Wadada Leo Smith

With Randy Weston

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References

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