Primary Instrument: Guitar
Dennis Moss is a jazz guitarist/bandleader serving the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He performs regularly at corporate events, weddings, private parties, lounges, restaurants, wine bars and festivals. He has performed at venues such as the Silver Legacy Resort Casino (Reno, NV), McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center, The Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises, Hilton Portland, University of Washington, VIRGINIA V Historic Ship and Antioch University. Dennis has had the honor of performing for distinguished clients such as Hewlett Packard, Seattle City Council member Jan Drago and Tacoma Mayorial Candidate Jim Merritt. Besides leading his own groups and performing as a soloist, Dennis also composes, arranges, teaches guitar privately and presents jazz guitar clinics.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts. As a Cornish student, Dennis studied with notable jazz artists such as Dawn Clement, Chuck Deardorf, Julian Priester and Jovino Santos Neto. Dennis earned multiple talent-based scholarships and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
There are several unique aspects of Dennis' playing that set him apart. A fingerstylist, Dennis has a gorgeous tone and he plays the seven-string guitar. Dennis has a strong harmonic sense and his voicings are unique among guitarists. His ability to take on multiple roles simultaneously (combining melody, harmony and basslines) makes him a perfect fit for small ensemble and solo performances. Dennis' playing style is very lyrical and his sound is warm and engaging. His music works great as background ambience for events and also as a main attraction.
Awards:Departmental Scholarships-Music from Cornish College of the Arts
Willing to teach:
Dennis offers quality jazz and Brazilian guitar instruction. Lessons can be at Dennis' guitar studio in Tigard or at the student's home in the Portland area. Dennis has been teaching privately for many years and has also taught guitar at Plateau Music (Issaquah, WA). Contact Dennis for rates and availability.
Dennis presented a jazz guitar clinic in May 2008 at the Seattle Symphony Soundbridge Music Discovery Center at Benaroya Hall.