Primary Scene: New York
Saxophonist Ras Moshe was born and bred in Brooklyn. He gained his early musical sensibilities from his family upbringing and later played in community jazz orchestras. He also spent his formative years in venues such as the East (in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn), where so much creative music was happening in the 1970s and 1980s as a part of the broader upwelling of African American cultural expression in the area. By the late 1980s, he was playing professionally in free jazz and reggae contexts. In the past 15 years, he has emerged as a fresh saxophone voice on the scene through his formation of the Music Now Ensemble (with varying lineups) and a quartet in his own name. He also co-leads a duo with bassist Shayna Dulberger and joined Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble in 2009.