Trombonist Kendall Moore is an active performer, composer, arranger, and music educator in the Houston metropolitan area. As a performer, Kendall has been a member of large ensembles supporting artists including McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Heath, Herlin Riley, The Temptations, and many others. In the small group jazz setting, he performed with and arranged music for artists such as Winard Harper, Robert Irving III, Marquis Hill, and many others. In addition to performing with renowned ensembles such as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Kendall has performed on many occasions with his own small and large ensembles in the Chicago and Miami metropolitan areas.
As a studio artist, Kendall recorded with George Benson (ensemble trombone on “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” released in 2013 on Concord Records), Chicago Jazz Orchestra (ensemble trombone on “Burstin’ Out” featuring Cyrille Aimee released in 2013 on Origin Records), and on his own self-released album “Focus” (2014). Additionally, he has recorded with various contemporary jazz musicians for independent projects in the Chicago, Miami, and Boston metropolitan areas.
Kendall has received accolades as a composer and arranger. In 2016, he arranged for The Airman Of Note gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams’ version of “O Holy Night”, which the group performed at that year’s White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Also in 2016, Kendall did orchestral string arranging for a cue in Spike Lee’s movie “Chi-Iraq”. In 2015, he was awarded the Roy Campbell, Jr. Commission from FONT Music and wrote the piece “Signatures in Brass” for Marquis Hill, Ingrid Jensen, Keyon Harrold, Phillip Dizack, Billy Buss, and Josh Evans. Additionally this year, Kendall arranged large ensemble works for Khristian Dentley (vocalist in Taking 6) and Milton Suggs. He arranged music for the January 2014 premiere of “Jazz at the Philharmonic”, which aired nationally on PBS. In 2010, Kendall received the ASCAP Foundation Henry Mancini Fellowship and in 2009, received the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award.
Currently, Kendall is a Lecturer of Music at Sam Houston State University, where he directs the jazz lab band and teaches fundamental music theory and history of jazz and rock. He has done masterclasses for University of New Hampshire, University of New England, and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (New Hampshire). He is faculty at Salem State University Jazz Camp and trombone teaching assistant at Birch Creek Music Performance Camp. Kendall was a teaching artist for University of Miami’s Frost Music Outreach program and the Guitars Over Guns Organization. He holds degrees from Chicago College of Performing Arts (B.M. in Jazz Studies) and University of Miami (M.M. in Studio Jazz Writing and D.M.A. in Jazz Instrumental Performance). He studied trombone and improvisation with Tom Garling, Jay Friedman, and Dante Luciani.