RIP Charles Moore

June 2, 2014


Trumpeter Charles Moore a big player in the 1960s Detroit jazz scene, died on Friday, May 30 at his Los Angeles home of an apparent heart attack. He was 73.

According to a report in Jazz Times, “His death was confirmed by a colleague, fellow musician Adam Rudolph.”

The article goes on to say that, “Moore first came to prominence in Detroit in the early 1960s, as a trumpeter/flugelhornist and co-founder of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop, which later became known as Trans-Love Energies. One of Moore’s associates at the time was poet/activist John Sinclair, who used Moore’s flugelhorn playing on the rock group MC5’s 1971 album High Time. Moore was also involved in the co-founding of Strata Records, a Detroit-based label that released only 10 albums in the ’70s.”

“After relocating to L.A., Moore studied ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he earned a doctorate degree. He subsequently taught at Wayne State University, Santa Monica College and California Institute of the Arts.”

Everyone at the Metro Times would like to send our sincerest condolences to Charles’ family and friends.


  • Nina Swan

    Charles (or “Dr. Moore”) was also the best friend you could ever have. His life was about “Okay, what can I do to help?” “Okay, go to college…” In addition to being an advocate for higher education, he was also deeply concerned with ending the abuse of women around the world. He didn’t just talk about politics or philosophy, he lived it by actually helping to improve the lives of everyone he touched…and we are many! I will never stop missing him… my buddy…my champion… xoxoxo Nina Swan