Ras Moshe

Born 3-22-68 in Brooklyn NY (formally known as Theodore Burnett III). Studied music in public school (5th grade throughout college). Also studied music with his father who (Ted II), who plays Alto Sax, Flute & Bass Clarinet. His grandfather, Theodore Burnett I ("Barnett" for professional reasons), played tenor and alto saxophones in the bands of Earl Bostic, Lucky Millender, Jimmy Mundy, Don Redman and many others after arriving here from Jamaica. He also led small group combos with Shadow Wilson for many years.

Ras Moshe has also been writing and reciting poetry since childhood. He began leading his own ensembles in 1987 and playing as a side man in Reggae groups. Ras Moshe has performed his compositions at Roulette, The Knitting Factory, Sanctuary For Independent Media, The Brecht Forum, Zebulon, The local 269, Galapagos, The Brooklyn Lyceum, Hallwalls Gallery(Buffalo), Deep Listening Space, The 119 Gallery, WBAI, WKCR, St Marks Church, The Vision Festival, The Fridge (Washington DC). He is currently a member of Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. He is the founder of The Music Now Festival,going on for 11 years now. Mostly at The Brecht Forum and occasionally other locations.

He believes in the positive effect that Jazz will have on social and personal change.

He has learned from Billy Bang and William Parker and is a member of the ensembles led by William Hooker, Bill Cole, Kali Z. Fasteau, Dafna Naphtali, Dom Minasi, Lou Grassi, Matana Roberts, Butch Morris, Kyoko Kitamura, Steve Swell, Matt Lavelle, Marc Edwards, Raphe Malik, Burton Greene, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Saco Yasuma, Rashid Bakr (Charles Downs) and other original artists.

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