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Diane Moser

Diane Moser has been a featured performer and composer throughout the U.S. with jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, dance companies, and theater companies. She earned a B.A. from Empire State College in New York and an M.M. in Jazz Piano from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Harold Danko and Jaki Byard.

As a leader, Diane currently has several ensembles that express her wide diversity of musical interests. She is the musical director, pianist and contributing composer of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, a 17-piece big band formed for the purpose of developing and presenting new music for big band. Presenting monthly concerts beginning in January of 1997 and currently in residence at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ, the band features the music of its 11 resident composers, and has featured over 100 guest composers and performers as well. Since 1999 she has led her quintet, The Diane Moser Quintet, and since 2002 The Diane Moser Trio, with revolving members trombonist Ben Williams, bassist Mark Dresser, drummer Gerry Hemingway, alto saxophone and clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, bassist Andy Eulau, drummer Scott Neumann, drummer Michael Sarin, alto saxophonist Anton Denner, alto saxophonist Ed Xiques, drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Duncan Moore.

As a collaborator, she has been a featured performer and composer with Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Howard Johnson, Oliver Lake, Judy Bady, Tina Marsh, Charles McPherson, Curtis Pagler, Diamanda Galas, Jim French, Yale Strom, poets Marilyn Mohr and Bill Zavatsky, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Tri-City Symphony of Davenport, Iowa, The Drifters and many others.

Her work in film includes composing the film score for the award winning film Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket, Ashcan Films 2009, directed by filmmaker Dennis Connors and performed by The Diane Moser Quintet. She was also the Music Supervisor and performer for the short documentary film on the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gauden, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Voices and Visions Productions, LTD 2012, which is now permanently installed for continuous viewing at the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH. Her most recent film score project is Yellow Stars of Tolerance with the award winning nonprofit documentary and multimedia production company JEMGLO.

Diane has worked in the field of musical theater for many decades. She is the composer of the musical 2012:A Masque for the Millennium, a one act masque-musical presented for the Women’s Work Series and The Adventures of Jazz Mom — both presented at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ.

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“Moser is a sublime and powerful musician who has the innate ability to draw things out of expert players that you haven’t heard them do before... The pianist has a complete and focused command of the instrument that allows her to blur the distinctions between the kinetic-energy of “outside” playing and the more lyrical propulsion of “inside” music. At the center of it all is a remarkable mastery of rhythmic dynamics.”Robert Bush, San Diego Reader, July 22, 2012
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Faculty (composition) of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Music Composition Program.(2012-present) Core faculty for The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music: composition, improvisation and performance.(2006-present) Private piano/composition studio in Northern New Jersey.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Planet Arts Records



CIMP Records


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