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Sunset Jazz Featuring Vibes Man Don Moors

Oct 11, 2005 — It has been said by some that St. Croix has more musical talent per square inch than anywhere else in the world, and the musical side of that ratio has just increased with the arrival of one of a new talent, Vibraphonist Don Moors.
The Frederiksted Economic Development Association, Inc. will feature Don Moors and Friends for the Oct. 21 Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted.
Moors recently became a resident of St. Croix and Moors and started letting the music community know he was here and ready.
Mallet percussionist Moors began his career as a drummer in the Boston area. In 1961 he moved to New York as a vibraphonist and came under the influence of Randy Weston, the renowned pianist and composer. This tenure with Weston altered Moors' musical direction to an angular, percussion oriented player with an emphasis on rhythmically thick African, West Indian and Brazilian material.
In the mid 60's Moors returned to Boston to complete his education at the Berklee College of Music. During this period the first jazz quintet was formed with saxophonist Charles Owens. This group, and its later incarnation with Junior Cook replacing Owens, toured extensively.
Moors moved to California in 1970, settling in the Bay Area. Subsequently he formed the group Jump Street in San Francisco. This band became a local phenomenon. It was during this period as music director, arranger and leader that he began serious work as a composer. In the mid 1970's he moved to Los Angeles where he toured with Marvin Gaye, Trini Lopez and Roberta Flack as a mallet percussionist. While resident in L.A. he also recorded extensively for Motown, A & M, Elektra-Asylum and Columbia as a freelance studio player.
Moors most recent CD, Back to the Islands, is a combination project, embracing computer sequences with all live drums and percussion performed by Rich DeFazio.
Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted is presented by FEDA, and being a family affair, begins at 6 p.m. and goes for two hours.
For more info contact Bridget Cox-Dawson 277-0692 or email sunset_jazz@hotmail.com

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