Instructor Joel R. Moore – Saxophone & Clarinet
Tenor saxophonist and Chicago native Joel Moore specializes in both jazz and rhythm & blues. Joel enjoys teaching saxophone and clarinet to students, from school age to adult, including college students. He’s on the faculty at Benedictine University, Lewis University, and Prairie State College.
He received a 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 played with renowned saxophonists Rick Margitza and Bob Berg during clinics and performances. Joel also performed at the House of Blues and Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA.
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 yearlong 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 and performed along side guest artists Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, Tim Hagans and Jim Snidero.
Since moving back to the Chicago area, Joel has performed extensively at many of Chicago’s live-music venues including Andy’s Jazz Club, Pete Miller’s, Buddy Guy, Green Dolphin Street, Green Mill, Underground Wonder Bar, The Note and Elbo Room. Joel recently toured with the Dr. Willie Wilson Gospel Orchestra, which contributed humanitarian aid and performed for Hurricane Katrina victims in the Gulf region.
Joel also performs regularly with the Joel Moore Quartet. Here’s a short clip from the Naperville Jazz Fest.