A New Orleans musician in every sense of the word, drummer
Stanton Moore's main gig is with his enormously popular funk
band Galactic but he also plays with a wide variety of other
musicians in both club and studio settings.
Growing up in New Orleans, Moore was attracted to the
thriving music scene, where he absorbed the work of Professor
Longhair, Meters drummer Zigaboo
Modeliste, and his mentor, Johnny Vidacovich. After meeting
founding Galactic members Robert
Mercurio and Rich Vogel in the early '90s, Moore played in a
series of early versions of the group, including Galactic
Prophylactic and the Ivanhoes (in which the band learned a good
portion of the catalog of the legendary Meters, New Orleans'
founding funk band).
In 1994, producer Dan
Prothero featured the band's song "Black Eyed Pea"
on his Is That Jazz compilation. The band soon recorded Coolin'
Off (1996) for Fog City Records, joined in the studio (and,
eventually, on the road) by vocalist Theryl
Declouet. Through constant touring, Moore met and
collaborated with many established funk and jazz musicians,
including Medeski, Martin & Wood keyboardist.