Chicago Blues Pianist, Aaron Moore Passed Away

Aaron Moore. Not many blues and boogie woogie fans are familiar with this name. It’s partly because Mr. Moore had a day job, he worked for Chicago’s sanitation department, drove a truck for 36 years.


Aaron Moore was born in Greenwood, MS, February 11, 1918. He learned piano from his mother and after graduating from high school relocated to Chicago where he met great Roosevelt Sykes, his mentor and influence. Mr. Moore worked with and/or for such Blues luminaries like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, and others.


He devoted himself fully to Blues music after retiring and recorded first album, Hello World, in 1996 for Delmark, followed by Boot ‘Em Up in 1999 also for Delmark.


Aaron Moore ceased public performances after a show at Buddy Guy’s Legends some two years ago but his wife Kathie recalls hearing him play at the nursing home surrounded by the people who never heard such piano playing.


Mr. Moore died on Wednesday, November 27 at nursing home from cancer. He was 95.


He is survived by his wife, Kathie, a sister, and six children.