Ashton Moore: Encounter the Man

Currently based in Japan Ashton carries his passion for music with him. He performs
regularly at prestigious venues such as the Body & Soul jazz club, The Ritz Carlton
Tokyo, as well as International jazz festivals throughout Asia. In addition to being a
singing educator, Ashton is a member of the popular vocal quartet Sonz of Soul and
co-conductor of The Kanagawa Jubilee Chorale.” “

Born and raised in Detroit in a musically inclined family, Ashton’s vocal virtuosity is
grounded in a healthy respect for the traditions of jazz, blues, gospel, Motown sound
and classical music. He expanded his love of music through violin, piano and
percussion, while delighting in the discovery of new musical paths. As a graduate
student on full scholarship at Michigan State University, Ashton studied vocal jazz
performance and vocal pedagogy, and went on to perform in venues such as The
Detroit Symphony Hall and Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club in New York City.

While attending the prestigious institution of Michigan State University, Ashton became
a studied student of his craft. He earned awards and opportunities that many strive for.
These include: a Full Assistantship for Graduate Studies at Michigan State University
(2006), Michigan State University Black Alumni Scholarship Recipient (2007),
‘Excellence In Diversity’ Award for The Right Thing recording from M.S.U Office of
Inclusion (2008).

All the while, he was still gaining experience as a performer in professional venues
and competitions. His performances include: Featured soloist with Jon Hendricks at
The Wharton Center at MSU (2003), Guest Soloist at the Detroit Symphony Hall with
Rodney Whitaker, Cyrus Chestnut, and Antonio Hart (2004), Featured soloist for the
Barack Obama Presidential campaign rally at Michigan State University (2008),
Vocalist with the Christian McBride Big Band (2008), Thelonious Monk Institute Vocals
Competition (2010). He has also broadened his vocal perspective by doing studio
recording for television commercials for brands such as Nissan, Honda, and Subaru.” “
Ashton’s experiences have vastly expanded his vocal and musical style repertoire.
Whether it’s getting a club full of music lovers on their feet, composing original songs
or coaching aspiring singers, Ashton is committed to bringing the joy of music to

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