Rich Moore, Saxophone and Clarinet
Mr. Moore is an Assistant Professor of Music at Joliet Junior College. At JJC, he teaches elementary and advanced music theory, aural skills, jazz history, applied saxophone, clarinet and flute lessons, as well as jazz improvisation. He also directs the JJC Jazz Band and the JJC Faculty Jazz Quintet. He is currently working on developing coursework for a harmonic approach to ear training.
Professor Moore has maintained an active performance schedule as a multi-woodwind player since the age of seventeen. He has shared the stage and recorded with many of Chicago's premiere jazz musicians and has performed in nearly all of the major local venues, such as The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Constellation, Wentz Hall at North Central College, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, The Star Plaza Theater, The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, The Beverley Arts Center, The Village of Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, Rialto Theater, the Arcada and the Skokie Theater, to name a few. In 2005, Rich had the unique opportunity to perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2016, Rich toured Lima, Peru and later performed in the Made in Chicago Festival in Poznań, Poland with Juan Pastor’s Chinchano. While his main focus is jazz, he has regular opportunities to make music in a variety of other genres.
Professor Moore has previously been on the faculty at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC). In addition to serving as Jazz Combo Coordinator at NIU, he taught jazz and classical saxophone, coached saxophone quartet and served as a clinician and guest artist. In the Fall of 2017, he was again invited to teach at NIU as a Guest Lecturer in jazz saxophone and clarinet. At MVCC, he served as Clarinet Instructor and jazz clinician.
Mr. Moore is in-demand as a clinician and maintains a home private lesson studio with top students from the Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville, Aurora, and Oswego school districts.
Professor Moore holds a B.M. degree in Saxophone Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and a M.M. degree in Clarinet Performance from Northern Illinois University.