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Brew Moore

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Milton Aubrey (Brew ) Moore (March 26, 1924 – August 19, 1973), born in Indianola, Mississippi, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Moore’s formal musical training began at twelve, first on trombone, then clarinet before switching to tenor saxophone. Inspired by the style of Lester Young (aka Prez or Pres), he got his first professional experience playing in a Texas territorial band the summer before entering college.

Moore left the University of Mississippi in his first year to pursue a performing career, with stints in New Orleans, Memphis and New York City (twice) between 1942-47. In New York he first heard the new music called bebop. As one who idolized Young (he even held his horn at the same unorthodox 120 degree angle), Moore was at first uncomfortable with it, but as he recalled for New York Times critic John Wilson in 1968: “When I heard what Bird (Charlie Parker) had done for himself, I realized that Pres was not the complete messiah. So I combined Bird and Pres and my own thing.”

Returning to New York in 1948, Moore became a fixture on the city’s vibrant jazz scene, cutting his first album as a leader (“Brew Moore and His Playboys,”Savoy Records) and working with Machito’s orchestra and Claude Thornhill’s Big Band, the Kai Winding sextet, Stan Getz and George Wallington among others. In 1949 he joined three of the “four brothers” from Woody Herman’s celebrated Second Herd (Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn) plus Allen Eager in a session that resulted in the album “Brothers and Other Mothers” for the Savoy Label.

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