Tony Moore

Tony Moore started playing drums at the age of three while studying piano from his mom. After participating In the Chicago Connection Drum & Bugle Corps and the McDonalds All American high School Band, he went on to receive the National Collegiate Jazz Award for 1985&1986. He studied Industrial Arts & Technology at Tennessee State University while keeping up a busy schedule with the jazz and marching bands as well as playing around Nashville. He soon started touring and performing weekly on the “Bobby Jones Gospel Show.” After graduating from T.S.U., he moved back to Chicago then on to Los Angeles.
Over two decades later, the memphis born, Chicago raised drummer is still keeping perfect time, laying down the pocket grooves and improvising brilliantly for a wide variety of artists including Bobby Caldwell, George Benson, Jeff Lorber, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Albright, Randy Crawford, Robben Ford, Diane Schuur, The Isley Brothers, Kenny Lattimore, Wayne Henderson & The Jazz Crusaders, Johnny ”Guitar” Watson, Shirley Caesar and Peabo Bryson to name a few.
Reconnecting after several years with Lorber on Norman Brown’s Summer Storm Tour in 2007, Moore has worked steadily over the past nine years on numerous projects for the pioneering keyboardist and producer. In addition to touring Europe with the newly reformed Jeff Lorber Fusion Band in 2009, the drummer worked in the studio with Lorber on such popular recordings as Lorber’s solo album Heard That (2008); Najee’s Mind Over matter (2009); Katharine McPhee’s Unbroken (2010); and Richard Elliot’s In The Zone (2011).

Moore’s other prominent studio credits include Gladys Knight’s Grammy-winning One Voice; Herb Alpert’s Grammy-Winning Steppin’ Out; Dreamgirls: Music for the Motion Picture Soundtrack; One For the Money: Music for the Motion Picture Soundtrack and The Bleeder: Music for the Motion Picture Soundtrack. The drummer co-wrote and produced the radio favorite “Daddy-O” from Rick Braun’s Esperanto album and also finds time to book his own group, The Tony Moore Band.