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.
|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|
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.
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