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ROB “WILD BOAR” MOORE
Blues guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, songwriter
After 30 years of living in South Florida, Rob “Wild Boar” Moore has returned to his hometown of Chicago where his career began. From the age of 19 he was sitting in with Chicago’s greatest blues artists including Muddy Waters and Otis Rush. During the 70’s and 80’s Rob formed long term musical relationships with Wild Child Butler and Little Bobby Neeley, making most of each artist’s gigs for some 7 years.
Rob also toured with John Lee Hooker, led his own bands, and played countless pickup gigs. After attaining two degrees in education, Moore relocated to Miami and became a professor at Miami Dade College where he taught 3 subject areas including blues and jazz history in his humanities course. For some 11 years he led a band that featured legendary South Florida blues vocalist Clifford Hawkins. The band performed on a circuit from Daytona Beach to Key West. In 1997 they released their lone C.D., “Eye of the Storm,” produced by Rob and Randy Rush. Comprised primarily of Rob’s original material, the album received extensive airplay on radio stations throughout Florida.
A versatile player within the blues idiom, Rob performs as a solo act on vocals and acoustic guitar, backs various singers and instrumentalists, and has led bands and duos for some 48 years. He has also done lectures on American music and Chicago blues and jazz. Since returning to Chicago he has worked with Smiley Tillmon, Willie Buck, and Taildragger.
Rob has a wide range of musical influences including B.B. and Albert King, Chicago icons Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Guy and jazz artists including Charlie Christian, Grant Green, and Wes Montgomery. He can blur the line between jazz and blues or execute some of the earliest styles of acoustic blues. Rob “Wild Boar” Moore is currently available for solo, duo, band performances or to do lectures/workshops in Chicago or elsewhere.