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Name: Bryan Moore

Birthday: March 26

Instruments Played: 4, 5 & 6 string fretted and fretless basses, voice, some guitar, some drums (wanna be)

Roots: Started playing guitar around the age of 10, played around with it on and off until high school, swithched to bass in 70's. Mostly self-taught, took first lessons from Tom Rizzo, theory and bass technique at Hochstein School of Music, and jazz bass clinic with David Finck (Chuck Mangione, Steve Kuhn, Andre Previn, Woody Herman), Summer of 1979, Eastman School of Music.

Professional experience: Played first gig in a talent show at the age of 12. Various groups around the Rochester area i.e. Eighth Avenue Breeze, Free Fall, Full House, Reel to Real, The Misfits- traveled extensively throughout the U.S. Shared the stage with Carl Perkins in 1983. Currently a member of Rochester, NY's Second Nature. www.secondnatureusa.com

Influences: Jaco Pastorius, Paul McCartney, Chuck Rainey, John Paul Jones, Jack Bruce, Jeff Berlin, Berry Oakley and others. Steely Dan, Weather Report, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek), Led Zeppelin, Motown, R&B, Coltrane, Mozart. All the music I heard growing up in Ohio and Rochester. (Beatles, Stones, classic rock, etc.) See influences.

Music has had a great impact on my life. Sometimes it's the only friend I have. I remember growing up near Cleveland, Ohio and hearing the early rock 'n roll in the late 50's (even though at the time I didn't know what I was hearing) and early 60's music like Pat Boone, Andy Williams, etc. Then came the Beatles. I saw them for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show and like every other kid in America, I was raised on Rock and Roll. I remember the British Invasion music, the Psychedelic era, Woodstock and so on. My style is a blend of all the different types of music I was being bombarded with. Rock, jazz, fusion, country, blues, Motown, R&B, classical, bebop, gospel, yadda, yadda. Clapton to Coltrane! I think playing bass is about the only thing I've ever wanted to do, and the only thing that's ever held my attention for more than a few days.