Numa "Pee Wee" Moore

born on 5/5/1928 in Raleigh, NC, United States

died on 27/11/2007

Pee Wee Moore

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Numa Smith "Pee Wee" Moore (born March 5, 1928, Raleigh, North Carolina, d. April 13, 2009) was an American jazz saxophonist.[1]

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 friends car, lost his left eye in an accident.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]


With Dizzy Gillespie

  • Dizzy Gillespie at Newport (Verve, 1957)
  • The Greatest Trumpet of Them All (Verve, 1957)

With James Moody

  • Moodsville (EmArcy, 1952)
  • Moody (Prestige, 1954) also released as Moody's Workshop
  • James Moody's Moods (Prestige, 195455)
  • Hi Fi Party (Prestige, 1955)
  • Wail, Moody, Wail (Prestige, 1955)
  • Flute 'n the Blues (Argo, 1956)
  • Moody's Mood for Love (Argo, 1956)


  1. Zagier, Alan Scher. News and Observer (Durham, NC). "Jazzman doesnt sing the blues." 2/22/1999
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Zagier, ALan Scher. News and Observer (Durham, NC). "Jazzman doesnt sing the blues." 2/22/1999

External links

  • Images from the Pee Wee Moore Memorial Concert (June 2009) in Flickr
  • Jazz Archive at Duke University
  • Pee Wee Moore Papers, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University
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