Joel Moore Quartet


Tenor saxophonist and Chicago native Joel Moore specializes in both jazz and rhythm & blues. He received an M.M. in Jazz Pedagogy from the Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory in 2000. While living in Boston, he studied with Jeff Harrington, Bill Pierce and Ed Tomassi and interacted with renowned saxophonists Rick Margitza and Bob Berg during their respective clinics and performances. Joel also performed at the House of Blues and Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA and toured throughout New England with a variety of ensembles.

Prior to Berklee, Joel lived in Louisiana and began graduate studies at the University of New Orleans. During this time he studied and performed with Ed Petersen, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mark Whitfield and Victor Goines. He also performed regularly in the legendary French Quarter with a variety of jazz and R&B bands including a year-long stint as saxophonist during the weekly Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues.

From 1992-1996, Joel studied at Western Illinois University and earned a B.S. in Media Communications. During this time he juggled academics and music as a member of the Jazz Studio Orchestra directed by the late Dale Hopper. With JSO, Joel performed along side guest artists Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, Tim Hagans and Jim Snidero. He also toured throughout the United States and Europe and recorded The Third Degree (Sea breeze Records) in Nashville with acclaimed jazz trombonist John Fedchock. The compact disc The Third Degree received four stars in Downbeat Magazine.

Since moving back to the Chicago area in 2000, Joel has performed extensively at many of Chicago’s live-music venues including Andy's Jazz Club, Pete Miller's,Buddy Guy’s Legends, Green Dolphin Street, Green Mill, Underground Wonder Bar, The Note and Elbo Room. He has recorded and performed with Orbert Davis, Paul Wertico and recently opened for the Yellowjackets during the 2008 Naperville Jazz Festival. He currently resides in Plainfield with his wife, Amy, and is on the faculty of Benedictine University, Lewis University and Prairie State College. Joel recently toured with the Dr. Willie Wilson Gospel Orchestra which contributed humanitarian aid and performed for Hurricane Katrina victims in the Gulf region.

An accomplished keyboard player, composer and arranger, Paul Scherer has written jingles and TV themes and has released three commercial jazz CDs.  Classically trained at Indiana University, Paul studied music theory and composition with Alan Winold and Mary Wennerstrom and has written many classical, pop and jazz vocal and instrumental compositions.  Paul is an active performer, fronting his own band and backing up a number of performers and ensembles including Bobby Rydell, Gordon MacRae, Rita Moreno and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. 

Paul's first release on World Disc, Nitemusik, was a critical and commercial success, selling close to 10,000 units.  Released in 1991, Nitemusik is a tour de force blending of classical structure, jazz improvisation and New Age ambience.  The result is an immanently accessible and satisfying listening experience.  Paul's latest release, Cosmik Kiss, is a further step in his range of musical expression. writes:

This tasteful album of Jazz piano originals is the third release by composer, keyboardist Paul Scherer. The album is a blend of styles from classical to Salsa, Jazz ballads to driving rhythmic adventures -- all held together by captivating melodies and tight, airy arrangements.

Cosmik Kiss, again blends stylistic elements from a number of genres into a musical journey that always keeps style secondary to melody and showcases Paul's gift for improvisation.

When he's not writing, recording or performing, Paul is also a Partner with IBM Global Services..
With over 40 years of experience on acoustic and electric bass, Bob Ferraris consistantly demonstrates uncommon versatility and musical energy. A native of Joliet, IL, Bob began his musical journey initially on alto saxophone before switching to bass. Since then he has studied with Ted Sparks (Stan Kenton Orchestra), Harold Siegal (Chicago Symphony Orchestra and NBC radio and television), Warren Benfield (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Brad Opland (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Joe Guastafeste, Priniciple of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Begining in 1985, Bob was selected to co-principle the bass section in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and held the position for four years. Previously, he worked as a staff musician for Disneyland and performed with Clark Terry and other notable jazz artists.

Currently, Bob is a busy freelance musician and performs and records frequently with a vast array of ensembles including the Rockford Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony and the New Philharmonic, ensemble in residence at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage.
Paul Townsend received a B.M. in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music. He studied with Ian Froman and Les DeMerle and is highly influenced by the music of Joey Barron, Bill Frisell and Steve Coleman.

Since relocating back to his hometown of Joliet, IL, Paul has performed and recorded extensively throughout the Chicago area with a wide variety of jazz, rock and rhythm and blues bands.
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