A native Kansan, drummer Johnny Moore began playing professionally in High School and began a full-time career in music in 1970.
While in Lawrence, Kansas, he performed with many local groups, including Paul Gray and the Gaslight Gang, which did extensive touring playing concerts and giving clinics in schools and colleges. They were also National Arts Council artists and performed at the Jacksonville, Florida and Wichita, Kansas jazz festivals more than once.
In 1982, he performed in the band for the Four Freshmen and the Platters in the show room of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. Also, He performed in the house rhythm section at the Jazzhaus in Lawrence, backing up Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Bob Brookmeyer and Jay McShann.
In 1984, he and his family moved to Sarasota, Florida. Since then, he has performed with many jazz groups such as the John LaPorta Quartet, the Michael Royal Trio, and Jack Brokensha Quartet and the Mike Markaverich Trio. He is currently working with the Martin-Hamilton group and the Dick Hamilton West Coast Sextet. Also he is a member of the trio at the First Church Jazz series at the First United Methodist Church in Sarasota. Source: John Moore