Happy Birthday Famoudou Don Moye

May 23, 1946

New York Is Full Of Lonely People

Percussionist Famoudou Don Moye was born on May 23, 1946, in Rochester, New York.

Moye was introduced to jazz by his mother, who worked at a local club that regularly hosted famous jazz musicians.

Throughout his career, Moye has contributed his extensive knowledge of jazz, African, and Caribbean percussion to a variety of groups, most notably the groundbreaking Art Ensemble of Chicago.

The “Art Ensemble of Chicago” performed at Berlin Jazzfest on October 31, 1991.


Lester Bowie – trumpet
Joseph Jarman – reeds
Roscoe Mitchell – reeds
Malachi Favors Maghostut – bass
Famoudou Don Moye – drums

Ken interviews Paul Steinbeck, author of “Message to Our Folks”, the story of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.