Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kari remembers LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band

The world has lost a great musician, and Farm Aid has lost a friend.

LeRoi Moore, one of the founding members of the Dave Matthews Band, died Tuesday from sudden complications stemming from injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June. He was 46.

LeRoi played with the Dave Matthews Band at Farm Aid for the first time in 1995. It was the first stadium show for the band, one of so many more to come! His contribution to the band was so prevalent in their style and music. According to the band’s website, LeRoi and Carter (Beauford, the band’s percussionist) have been jazz compatriots for years, playing together at paying gigs and informal jam sessions. "Jazz is probably my main influence," admitted LeRoi, who also had classical training. "But at this stage I don't really consider myself a jazz musician." For him, DMB remained a challenge because there was room to explore, to respond to the expressions of the other four players. "I have plenty of space to improvise, to try new ideas," said LeRoi, whom Dave credits with arranging many of the songs he writes. "It's almost better than a jazz gig."

I am one of Farm Aid’s resident DMB fans – they were my first big concert, and I have so many memories of traveling to different cities to see the band for the past ten years. LeRoi was a particular favorite of mine – the kind of guy that exudes cool. One of my favorite songs showcases him really well; ‘Crush’ reminds me of the smoke-filled jazz clubs that I can imagine him playing in his early career.

We will miss you LeRoi!

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:33 PM

    Very well written. Rest In Peace Leroi Moore. We love you more than you could ever know. I hope you find peace in the sky. A spot to chill and blow that sax just like you did here on earth. Be easy big guy!

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  2. Well done, Leroi as well as the rest of the Dave Matthews Band have played a major role in my life, there music has gotten me through many upon many days and I fell I lost a part of my life this week.


    R.I.P Leroi, I'll never forget you.

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  3. Anonymous6:14 PM

    Beautiful article!! A LIFE WELL LIVED DOESN'T END ANYMORE THAN MUSIC ENDS....IT ECHOES THROUGH TIME WITH WHISPERS OF BEAUTY AND GRACE. Peace and Love,Lesla

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  4. elizabeth41dmb12:48 AM

    This is such a nice tribute to Leroi...

    I went away this weekend and had a lot of time with great music and the open road-- gave me the opportunity to reflect on the wonderful, colorful layer that Leroi added to the music of the DMB. It seems surreal to me that as I was enjoying the show at Nissan a few months ago, singing and dancing and living in the moment, that it would be the last of the original DMB as we know it...

    LeRoi- you will be missed.

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  5. Ryan G10:06 PM

    Well said Ryan. I too have been a long time fan and will never forget the impact he and the band have had on my life. Farm Aid will be my 69th time seeing Dave with or without the band.

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