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Pee Wee Moore

Numa Smith "Pee Wee" Moore (March 5, 1928 in Raleigh, North Carolina – April 13, 2009) was an American jazz saxophonist.

Moore attended the Hampton Institute in Virginia as a pre-med student where he switched his major to music after one semester. He joined the Royal Hamptonians and toured on a USO circuit. While traveling back to Hampton from New York, Pee Wee, while asleep in the backseat of his friend’s car, lost his left eye in an accident.

Moore played with Lucky Millinder and Louis Jordan in 1951, and played with R&B musicians such as Wynonie Harris early in the decade. He worked with Illinois Jacquet in 1952 and James Moody in 1954-56, then played with Dizzy Gillespie in 1957, recording with him on several albums for Verve Records. He also worked with Mary Lou Williams in 1957 and Bill Doggett in 1965.

Moore moved from New York back to Raleigh in the 1970s to care for his mother and recover from alcohol addiction. There, he earned a living as a handyman while playing regularly at a variety of venues in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Moore has often been confused with Sol Moore, also called "Pee Wee", who also played with Dizzy Gillespie. This Pee Wee Moore played with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, recorded with Floyd Ray late in the 1930s, and worked with Gillespie in the Les Hite big band in 1939-42 before recording with Gilliespie's ensemble in 1946-47.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 5th, 1928 (Raleigh), Died April 13th, 2009 (Raleigh)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone saxophone

Notes: Numa Smith "Pee Wee" Moore.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 81092 5/25/1951 Tra-la-la Calvert Jones instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81093 5/25/1951 Two timin' woman Calvert Jones instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81140 6/7/1951 The dinky dink Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81141 6/7/1951 Lonely little robin Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81142 6/7/1951 Bring me another jug of wine Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81143 6/7/1951 Catch 'em young, treat 'em rough, tell 'em nothing Hot Lips Johnson Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81908 11/28/1951 Come and get it Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81909 11/28/1951 Stop makin' music Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81910 11/28/1951 Slow down Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81911 11/28/1951 Work baby work Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81913 11/28/1951 All of me Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 81914 11/28/1951 There goes my heart Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Moore, Pee Wee," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332394.

Moore, Pee Wee. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332394.

"Moore, Pee Wee." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/332394

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