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Singer, songwriter and producer China Moses evolves her artistry in truth. Defiantly real, her music resists what so many labels and critics desire: category, drawing inspiration from endless styles in the expansive lineage of Black American music. And listeners fortunate to observe her in live performance know the depth of her song interpretation.

She has issued seven leader releases and, in 2008, founded her own production company MadeInChina, home to her most recent leader releases This One’s for Dinah (2009), Crazy Blues

(2012), Nightintales (2017) and & the Vibe Tribe EP (2021).

Provocative as her musical experiences, China’s broadcasting resumé currently features host- producer positions at celebrated radio shows “Made in China” on TSF Jazz (France) and “Late Night with China Moses” On Jazz FM (UK). She’s one of few women of color to host multiple radio shows across European and UK airwaves.

The self-dubbed high school dropout has been an artist her entire life. Daughter of legendary activist and director Gilbert Moses III and internationally acclaimed musician Dee Dee Bridgewater, China understands the music and its surrounding culture from the inside out. The Los Angeles-born artist turned life-long Parisian has performed all over the world and appeared on international television and film projects, including cult episode of “Moesha”: Songs in the Key of Strife, Julie Delpy’s “Lolo,” “The Princess and the Frog” (VO in French), Aurore Aubin’s “Sammy by Sammy” (VO) and “The Lion King 2019 The Circle of Life” (VO in French). China’s theatre credits include “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret and “Billie Holiday” in Cafe Society Swing.

A global artist and citizen, China has performed in more than 800 shows across six continents in the past 12 years. She has appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Café, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall in London, Olympia, UNESCO International Jazz Day and La Cigale in Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Bogota Philharmonic, Berlin Opernhaus, Elbphilharmonie and Dresdner Philharmonie in Germany and Birdland, Dizzy’s, Summerstage and Nublu in New York City.

One of her hidden skills is that of powerhouse researcher — as a performing and recording artist, a broadcast professional and an international educator. China’s commitment to authentic representation and inclusive perspectives has garnered critical acclaim and peer acknowledgment. She’s a member of the 2013 Young Leader graduating class of the French American Foundation, in 2023 she was knighted in the French National Order of Merit and holds the title of Knight of St Emillion & Bergerac. She has lent her expertise as a mentor at the 2020 Montreux Jazz Academy and the 2023 MIDEM, she is the on committee of the Villa Albertine. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Tahiti Soul Jazz Festival & and founder and artistic director of the Paris Soul Fest, dedicated to the homegrown French soul scene.

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China Moses: Crazy Blues

Read "China Moses: Crazy Blues" reviewed by Mehdi El Mouden


Pouring old wine into new bottles has become a specialty of vocalist China Moses and Pianist/Arranger Raphael Lemonnier. Rejuvenating classics with a pint of spirited innovation is a landmark of the duet, who, for their first encounter revisited the best of Dinah Washington, This One's for Dinah. For their second collaboration they pay tribute to great dames of blues and soul, and reexamine how 'blues' can be so jazzy. As such, Crazy Blues is unchained and blurs the dividing line ...

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China Moses & Raphael Lemonnier: This One's For Dinah

Read "This One's For Dinah" reviewed by Chris Mosey


Once upon a time, the Queen of the Blues was visited in her dressing room backstage by a woman and her baby daughter. The Queen of the Blues picked up the baby, looked at her and said, “She's gonna be a singer. She's definitely gonna be a singer." The prediction came true. The Queen was Dinah Washington; the baby, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Many years passed. Bridgewater married film director Otis Moses and had a daughter of her ...

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China Moses: Bringing Back the Good Times

Read "China Moses: Bringing Back the Good Times" reviewed by Chris Mosey


China Moses is dedicating her singing career to blowing away the notion that women jazz singers in the present age have to be white and wispy and sing songs that are studiously liberated and sexless. She was born in Los Angeles in 1978, daughter of jazz doyenne Dee Dee Bridgewater and her second husband, Gilbert Moses, a pioneer of African American theater and director of the 1974 cult blaxploitation movie Willie Dynamite. “Dad christened ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Nightintales

Madeinchina Productions / MPS
2017

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China Moses: Crazy...

Madeinchina Productions
2014

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This One's For Dinah

Blue Note Records
2009

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