Mondre Moffett


Mondre Moffett is a prolific trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator. He first emerged as a trumpeter and composer for the Moffett Family Jazz Band,  performing with noted bassist and younger brother Charnett, and his father Charles, best known for his work with Ornette Coleman. Performing extensively in the United States and on several tours throughout South East Asia, The Moffett Family Jazz Band is among the most distinguished families in jazz history.

Since performing with his family, Moffett performed nationally and internationally as a trumpeter with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1995 to 2000. He has several recordings with noted jazz artists on the Venus Record label, and his published works can be heard on the Blue Note record label, as well as RCA, TCB, Paidrum, and Mo-Jazz records.  In 2003 he was selected by the Jazz Alliance International Educators as a New York City “Trumpet All-Star,” and listed in Jacques Lowe’s jazz book entitled, Photographs of the Masters published by Artisan in New York.

As a preeminent composer of various orchestral works, Moffett’s symphonic suite entitles “The Wishbone Suite”, was first performed and recorded at the Foundation for Artistic and Musical Excellence (FAME) Festival in Lawrenceville, New Jersey by the FAME Repertory Orchestra. Moffett’s most recent CD release is an all-original jazz musical score entitled “Royal Decree” based on the biblical story of Esther and composed for a jazz quintet.

Formal education for Moffett includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from New College of California in Performance, graduate work at San Francisco State University, Master of Arts degree in music composition from New York University,  Master of Music degree in Music Education from Boston University, where he also completed all course work requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program.  Currently, Moffett is a professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro North Carolina, where he teaches music composition, music arranging,  Jazz History, Gospel History, Black Music in America, applied trumpet, and the Universities Jazz Ensemble.


Noted concert Performances and or recordings with jazz luminaries are listed below:

Sir Roland Hanna, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Kirkland, McCoy Tyner, James Williams, Larry Willis,

Kenny drew Jr., Benny Green, Bernard Wright, Jack McDuff, Mark, Levine, Eric Lewis, Jeff Tain Watts,

Carl Allen, Donald Bailey, Shirley Scott, Micheal Carvin, Tony Reedus, Eric Revis, James Leary,

Stanley Jordan, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Strickland, A. J. Strickland, Ravi Coltrane,

Arnett Cobb, Donald Harrison, Larry Riley, Jimmy Greene, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon,

Steve Torre, Eddie Bert, Ornette Coleman, Les McCann, Jimmy Witherspoon, Ernestine Anderson,

Marlena Shaw, Ernie Andrews, Dianne Reeves, Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Pete Escovedo,

Kevin Bond, Carl Wheeler, Jubu Smith,  J. Spencer, William Kennedy, Eddie Henderson, Johnny Coles,

Sean Jones, Jon Faddis, Jeremy Pelt, Jimmy Owens, Randy Brecker, Cecil Bridgewater, Lew Soloff,

Claudio Roditi, Brian Lynch, Clark Terry,  Dale Clevenger, Jon Hendricks, Freedie Hubbard,

Stefon Harris, Howard Johnson and Tom Harrell.


Concord Jazz Festival (Concord California) with Eubie Blake and Bill Cosby headliner.

Oakland Coliseum Concert (with Ramsey Lewis and the Isley Brothers)

Monterey Jazz Festival

San Francisco Jazz Festival

Pori Jazz Festival in Finland

Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland

Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival  (Japan)

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center NYC.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Mondre Moffett’s Biography