Wednesday, August 20, 2008

LeRoi Moore 1961-2008

LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, from complications stemming from an ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, VA. The 46-year-old saxophonist was injured in an ATV accident on June 30, 2008 and has been off the road since that time. Though the saxophonist original seemed to be recovering, he was readmitted to the hospital in mid-July. Moore recently has returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program and died at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.
Before helping popularize the second-generation jamband movement, Moore was a local Virginia jazz musician proficient on such instruments at saxophones, flute, bass clarinet and wooden penny whistle. Along with Matthews, drummer Carter Beauford and bassist Stefan Lessard, Moore co-founded Dave Matthews Band in 1991.

The Dave Matthews Band is currently on tour and there hasn’t been an announcement on plans to cancel or postpone any shows. I would imagine they will continue on with Jeff Coffin, the sax player from the Flecktones. They have several shows left on their current US tour and then go to South America for some dates. I am sure LeRoi would have wanted them to carry on and not miss a beat!

Thanks for the great music LeRoi, you will be missed!

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