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Molding the modern musical sophistication of New York with the soul of New Orleans is the mission of Jazz Artist Davy Mooney. Perrier St, his latest CD release, takes its title from the New Orleans street where a teenaged Mooney studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. It combines the faded memories of that time with the journey that followed, expressed in melodic, harmonically complex music with literate, wistful lyrics.
The journey—from New Orleans to Brooklyn, where Mooney now resides—was not without bumps in the road and detours foreseen and unforeseen. The largest of these was 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which sent Mooney fleeing mid-city New Orleans for Washington D.C., where he participated in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition (held barely two weeks after the evacuation of New Orleans!) and placed third overall. It was there that he met the great guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli, with whom he recorded the 2009 duo 7-string guitar release Last Train Home, on Challenge Records. After the competition Mooney made the choice to relocate to New York and ever since he has bounced back and forth between the mean streets of Brooklyn and Queens and the swamps of New Orleans.
He studied at the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, from 2007-2009, recorded a CD of his original compositions for the Japanese Label Spice Records entitled Astoriano (a pun on the Queens neighborhood Astoria and N.O.), and performed in Japan, Brazil, India, Panama, Poland, Mexico, Germany, and all over the continental US with a long list of jazz luminaries including Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd, Herbie Hancock, Chris Potter, John Ellis, Nicholas Payton, and many others.
More recently Mooney has made the foray into the literary world, and self-published his first novel Hometown Heroes, which explores the same New Orleans/New York themes of his music, in early November of 2012.
Perrier St, the new CD, features Blade, Cowherd, Ellis and others and is available on Sunnyside Records.
For more info visit www.davymooney.net