Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Happy Birthday, Michael Moore, Bassist

Today is Michael Moore’s birthday. Not the leftwing extremist filmmaker, but the swing-oriented jazz bassist. I have no idea what bassist Moore’s politics are like, but they can’t possibly be any more feverish than his namesake’s. AMG, with perhaps a touch of irony, describes him as a “musical arch-conservative.”

Moore has played with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, and Bill Charlap. He toured with Woody Herman on behalf of the U.S. State Department. He has led or co-led several sessions of his own. Moore is certainly a talented, in-demand musician.

Michael Moore is hardly an uncommon name, but if bassist Moore’s e-mail address is his name at yahoo or hotmail, I imagine he’s received some bizarre correspondence over recent years. Here’s hoping he has a happy birthday.