Aaron Moore, the last Mississippi born blues piano player in Chicago, has passed away

"I wasn’t allowed to play the blues when my mother was teaching. She just didn’t like the sound of the blues. It just didn’t compare with church music"

R.I.P. Aaron Moore

Aaron Moore, the last Mississippi born blues piano player in Chicago, died November 27 after a prolonged illness. Chicago-based blues pianist, singer and songwriter Aaron Moore was locally famous, but still rather obscure on the national blues scene.

Moore spent most of the last 40 years in Chicago, backing up a long list of musicians including Little Walter, Lonnie Brooks, Hound Dog Taylor, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and B.B. King. Born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi, Moore was encouraged in his piano playing by his mother, who was a music teacher and church piano player; early on, he was influenced by Curtis Jones, and later Memphis Slim. Later on, after moving to Chicago, he learned from boogie-woogie paragon Roosevelt Sykes, and the two would often team up in blues clubs around Chicago. Moore worked for the city of Chicago for 36 years and played blues strictly on a freelance basis on weekends, backing up local bluesmen in club shows. After retiring from the Chicago Sanitation Department, Moore relocated to Milwaukee in 1990 and made blues his full-time vocation in his retirement years.

On Hello World, his 1996 Delmark release, Moore is accompanied by James Wheeler, guitar, Willie Black, bass and Huckleberry Hound, drums. While in his 90's, Moore played on Earwig Music recordings by Tim Woods, Rob Stone, and Chris James and Patrick Rynn.                           

(Artist Biography by Richard Skelly)

His wife Katie Banks Moore would appreciate any donations to help defray the cost of Aaron's funeral. Donations should be sent to her home, payable to:
Katie Banks
7528 S. Sangamon Street
Chicago, IL 60620-2848

 

 

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